This August during Portland, Oregon’s not-for-profit mural project, Forest for the Trees, ten artists from around the world were brought together to express their creativity and to foster art and community in the Portland area. The results are pretty breathtaking and certainly inspirational. If you happen to be in Portland, check out the murals in person by following this map.
Simplify those florals down to the most basic shapes for a graphic blocking effect!
- bekah hilleson
Sydney based artist Will Cooke creates these very fashionable paintings using acrylic and uv cured laser print on aluminium panel. They are large and seems like they would be great to see in person. There are also some nice ideas here for an interesting geometric print ready for the runways.
On the wall in my dining room hangs a print by Anna Giertz from her series based on the novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” I gaze at it during every meal trying to decode and make sense of the intricate line work. Sometimes a distorted face floats to the surface while other times I only see abstract shapes. Much of Anna’s work involves detail and it’s this quality which gives her designs their unique feel…and keeps me wanting to see more.
Horst Gläsker’s spreading the doctrine of colorful architecture! His simple, bright additions to otherwise grey palettes are a true testament to the power of color and pattern to transform an environment.
For when you feel like an ugly duckling.
- bekah hilleson
Turkish filmmaker Oguz Uygur captures the beautiful art of paper marbling as performed by his parents. See the video here. As a print designer my head is reeling with possibilities! A lot of these screenshots would make very trend ready pieces. The only hang up is how to put prints like this into repeat! If you have ideas, post them below!
Beci Orpin’s early years were spent roaming the Australian terrain in the back of a landcruiser. After settling down in a commune in Melbourne, Beci discovered her love of drawing which she’s developed ever since. Her whimsical designs are featured on her occasional children’s clothing label, Tiny Mammoth, as well as on collections for Built by Wendy, Jethro Jackson, and Gorman. View more of Beci’s work here.