Saturday, October 30, 2010

This is a napkin I took from a bridal shower, I have kept it forever, I loved the pattern, the photo does not due justice to the vibrancy of the colors, they are really bright, I wish I could find this print in fabric, I would love to use this for upholstery.
This is another textile, it is a dress I have had for years, I love it, its very frilly, and girl, when I wear it for some reason I want to talk in a southern accent, like Blanche Dubois, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Here is a close up of the pattern of the carpet.
This is a rug in my parents living room, it is fairly limited in color as well, they are very few large color fields in the pattern, so it generally blends into tones of gold and cream, but mostly reads as blue.
My parents house is decorated in Early American style, that includes lots of wall paper, this is in there entry way, I used to hate it when I was a kid, now I kind of like it, its homey and comforting. It is apparently based on a genuine early American wall paper pattern in Boston, or so my mom told me. The same blues, rusts, and gold are repeated throughout the design I counted only 5 colors in the paper but the change in size of the color fields make it appear to be far more colorful than it is.
Cecilia Britwell Is another textile designer who’s work I admire, she is most famous for her collaboration with the brilliant late British designer Ossie Clark.

limtied color

Limited color in textiles is a natural for this post, I love printed textiles and designers who use prints, and one of my favorites is a British designer Zandra Rhodes. She began as an art student in the early 60’s and switched to textiles and latter became a designer. I love her work; her patterns are not only rich in color but also symbolism and context.