Color | Geometric Abstract

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Adrian Forrow | Paul Ka | Tenka Gammelgaard | Ettore Sottsass

Bold blue geometry and muted yellow accents.

– Julie Rose

Pattern Report | Geo Collage

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More geo cutout collages on 2015 runway styles!

– bekah hilleson


Art | Henri Matisse Cutouts

PinExt Art | Henri Matisse Cutouts

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Henri Matisse’s influence cannot be underestimated. Take the cutout trend in fashion that we’ve been seeing so much of for the past several seasons.

In the late 1940’s Matisse used paper and scissors as his art medium exclusively, creating a radically new way of making art. Moma’s current exhibition focuses exclusively on this era and runs through February 8th.

-Claudia Brown

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Profile | Kathleen Callahan

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Hailing from the city of brotherly love, Kathleen Callahan mixes hand drawn techniques with digital effects to create textiles for clients, as well as for own line, Arc + Totem. Her scarves and accessories feature custom woodblock prints making each piece truly unique. View more of her work here.

 – Jessie Whipple Vickery

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Exteriors | Taped Up

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Who knew that tape could be so artistic? Artist Gustavo Fuentes turns unassuming blue sticky strips into works of art!

Julie Rose

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Color | Collaged

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Pieces of color glued together.

Julie Rose

Pattern Report | Simple Shadows

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Drop shadows give third dimension to simple florals and geometrics.

– bekah hilleson

Art | Kite Installation

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Jacob Hashimoto’s kite installation at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center is a magical three dimensional paper collage. Despite the insane number of hand-made kites hanging here, there is a feeling of lightness and air like you just want to run your hands through these or watch a breeze ripple everything into a delicate little flurry.

-Claudia Brown
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Profile | Megan McNeill

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On the eve of her first collection’s launch, we caught up with Melbourne based designer, Megan McNeill, who shares her inspiration, as well as design tips, for staying fresh while creating prints. Her new line, Rouda, features playful, hand drawn patterns on simple styles for an effortless look.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your new collection.

Initial motif inspiration came from noticing shadows forming on my wall one night. Then after some motif development, more conversational wavelengths and shadow puppets became the imagery for the prints which eludes to Rouda’s playfulness.

Summer in Australia is always scorching hot, and I don’t deal with the heat particularly well so fabric choices of linen and silk were really important! I wanted to create a range that was fresh and light, with a very clean tonal black and white palette. This ended up working well with the concept around shadow and light.

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Rouda | Positive/Negative Collection

What tools do you find most helpful when designing?

I love using traditional media. For the POSITIVE/NEGATIVE collection I used pencil to sketch out the shapes first, then Indian ink to create the motifs for my prints. For putting the design into the computer I will either scan or photograph the design, whatever picks up the colour and detail best and then use Photoshop or Illustrator to work out the repeats.

I am constantly looking for inspiration, in books, online, on the street, in galleries and shops, which can really help prompt the design process especially if you are having designers block. Another tool that is invaluable is the advice and feedback of others. It’s hard sometimes when you are working on a design or a range for a while. Getting another opinion on how the work is developing is always a great help.

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Rouda | Positive/Negative Collection

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What’s your favorite type of print to design and why?

I am a big fan of geos for a while, but I really have a soft spot for conversational prints! I enjoy designing them because quite often you can leave any inhibitions behind and really have some fun, they don’t necessarily have to fit mathematically like a geometric as well. I am really returning to hand generated prints more. I used to be very digitally oriented, but I am beginning to return to using brushes, pencils and printmaking techniques as opposed to photography, filters and effects.

I’m lucky that in my job outside Rouda, I have the opportunity to work on a lot off different textile prints from hand painted florals to sharp geometrics, so I get to try everything!

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Any design tips you’d like to share?

Just experiment, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes, because they can often lead to gold! I’m always at my local art shop asking what new products they have in that might be worth trying out. You never know whether you might be onto a new technique!

– Jessie Whipple Vickery

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Interiors | Painted Pumpkins

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Who says Halloween pumpkins are reserved for carving? Here artists use the bulbous gourds as canvases and the results are pattern heaven. Happy Halloween!

Julie Rose

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Alisa Burke | Balzer Designs | Martha Stewart