This weeks challenge was in collaboration with East Fork Pottery. Designers were given a limited palette from their core glaze colors. I referenced classic design motifs and simplified them for a Scandi feel.
Plaids have proven to be popular on Spoonflower. French blue is a smokey grey-blue. I brightened it up and added contrast with the crisp white windowpane plaid. Our assignment this week is French Country Table Linens. I am again taking the minimalistic route. I know it won’t put me in the top 60, but necessity won out.
Peaceful? Perky? Poised? Pleasant? Polished? 😆
Sunny Sage placed at #838 out of 1506 with 25 Votes. That is just over 55%. Boggles my mind. That so few votes are anywhere near the halfway mark. 🤔😆 Woo Who!! I am so thankful for your votes and support!
Voting is now open for French Blue Plaid until the 11th. Thanks so much lifting me up! (From the bottom of the list, 😆)
I am thinking about friends, that had a horrible couple of days. All is well now, but they are in my thoughts, and prayers. Thinking of you too! And praying all is well in your neck of the woods!
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Anonymous
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. Bernard Meltzer
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust
This pattern came by way of a long and winding path. Do you remember the Family Circus comic strips showing how young Billy spent his day? Yup, it was like that. The assignment was a non-directional wallpaper. One that might even work on ceilings.
I started with the idea of bamboo sprigs. Researched designs and colors for my mood board. Came back a day later and was thinking desert, prickly pear. Hmm.
I have this idea, to revisit some of my early design themes. Patterns that are one-offs. Then I can create a collection of similar themed prints. I started on a prickly pear. And changed my direction again.
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My copy of The Grammar of Ornament caught my eye, and saved me from my indecision. I landed on the mediaeval chapter. The geometric patterns created by William Butterfield were appealing. He used them to decorate his brick buildings. Polychrome brickwork is a style of architectural brickwork where bricks of different colors are used to create decorative patterns or to highlight architectural features.
Butterfield’s designs were called diapers. From the Oxford Dictionary of Architecture:
Decorative pattern on a plain, flat, unbroken surface consisting of the constant repetition of simple figures (such as squares, lozenges, or polygons) closely connected with each other.
You are absolutely right. There is nothing “sage” about this. The title came to me as I was working, and it stuck. Definitely more of an avocado. Or Palo Verde green. (Arizona’s state tree.)
Voting is now open, until the 4th of July. Thanks so much for your interest and support!