I just created this poster for my display at the ACC show which is coming up in just a little over a week! These are all of the designs I will have at the show in the form of skirts or scarves. There are a few favorites there that are designs I developed over the last 3 years or so and many many new designs created in these last 6 months of my new art-making focus.
I thought it would be fun to tell you some fun facts about this collection of designs.
- Three are collaborations with my mom. She is an awesome photographer and she knows what I love. She taunts me with these irresistible photo textures and I can’t help but design something. It is super fun to collaborate with her.
- Five at least are collaborations with my husband. Also an awesome photographer. Sometimes he snaps photos and puts them in a folder marked “Textures” and waits for me to find them. Sometimes we take photos together and I spot things and say “Get that!”.
- The original photos/scans that were used to create these designs were taken in Mt St Michel and Giverny, France; London,England; San Antonio, TX; Hill City and Rapid City, SD; Minneapolis, MN; Orlando, FL.
- There are 2 kinds of lace, 2 kinds of leaves, 2 kinds of ice, 2 hand fans. Two images were taken at the Hennepin History Museum. There are two images that are each used in two different designs: a pile of video cables (thanks Jay!) and a collage of painted newspaper.
- There are designs made from junk mail, painted paper and scanned maple leaves. The painted paper collection has batik made with elmer’s glue and a rubber eraser, painted sheet music, crumpled brown paper and masking tape.
I had these same images printed onto custom playing cards, so I have a card for each design that will be attached to the tag for each piece. I wanted that to be a part of the piece – the story about where the design came from. And I got an extra deck of cards for people to just look through. For me these designs are about wearable art. I am not a fashion designer or into conceptual fashion. I love basic pieces that show off the surface design and allow you to wear the art. You get to be a part of it. There’s a great quote by Oscar Wilde: “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” Exactly.