Sunday & Seurat: A collaboration with the Guthrie Store

About this collection

My work study job in college was washing paintbrushes and buckets in the theater scene shop, which I believe shows just how much I love being around the art of the theater. I first saw Sunday in the Park with George 15 years ago and was charmed by its story of an artist struggling to make dots of paint match his artistic ambitions. When the Guthrie approached me about collaborating on something special for the gift shop, I was thrilled that Sunday and Seurat were to be my inspiration. I am a digital fabric designer; I create digital illustrations that are printed on to fabrics using a specialized ink jet printer. Each of these designs started as a cut paper illustration. Using Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte as inspiration, I used hand-painted and recycled papers to create parasols, black dogs, paint palettes, and sailboats. Each was scanned and transformed into a layered digital file where I added the distinctive dots associated with the pointillist style. Rather than dots of paint, my pixels were transformed from dots of light on the screen to dots of ink on the fabric. I like to think Seurat would have appreciated that.

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About the designs

Sailing the Seine

This fabric was created from a cut paper illustration made from painted and recycled papers. I scanned the original illustration and digitally added a pointillism texture. It was inspired by the sailboats on the pond in the painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.

Chromoluminary

This fabric was created from cut paper and watercolor illustrations. I scanned and combined the original illustrations and then digitally printed the design onto fabric. This design was inspired by themes from the show “Sunday in the Park with George”, starting with a blank page transforming into an image with color and depth.

Rue de Magenta

This design is named for the Paris street where Georges Seurat lived. It is an original digital illustration of an imagined Paris skyline as painted in the style of Seurat.

Palette

This fabric was created from a cut paper illustration made from painted and recycled papers. I scanned the original illustration and digitally added a pointillism texture. It was inspired by a painter’s palette with its individual spots of color.

Parasols

This fabric was created from a cut paper illustration made from painted and recycled papers. I scanned the original illustration and digitally added a pointillism texture. It was inspired by the parasols in the painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.

Red Yellow Blue

This fabric was created from cut paper and watercolor illustrations. I scanned and combined the original illustrations and then digitally printed the design onto fabric. This design was inspired by themes of color and light from the show “Sunday in the Park with George”.

Brush to Paw

This fabric was created from cut paper and watercolor illustrations. I scanned and combined the original illustrations and then digitally printed the design onto fabric. It was inspired by the black dog pictured in the painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat.