Elizabeth Catlett, while more widely known for her sculptures, made a number of beautiful prints during her lifetime. This linocut, titled, “Sharecropper,” was made in 1952, and is a beautiful example of the detail and gorgeous textures that can be achieved in this medium. I greatly admire Ms. Catlett’s ability to capture subtle, but vital details in this portrait, which help to bring a sort of heroic meaning behind the image. You may want to read more about Elizabeth Catlett on Printeresting, or read more about “Sharecropper” on the LACMA blog.
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post these inspirational patterns. I spotted these two textile designs at the California Design show at LACMA a few months ago, and I just love their strange, imperfect repetition. The pattern on the left is called Incantation Textile, and was designed by Alvin Lustig in 1947. The pattern on the right is an Eames pattern, if I’m not mistaken. Did anyone else happen to see the CA Design show? There were so many great pieces featured in the exhibit.
As I chose the colors for the fall/winter line for Cotton & Flax, I looked to my favorite photos from around the world for inspiration. It has always been an ambition of mine to travel widely, but until I can accomplish all my travel goals, I will continue to draw inspiration from travel photographers, and the colors and details they capture from all over the globe. Here’s a little roundup of photos that capture some of the colors you’ll see in the new Cotton & Flax collection. (you’ll find photo credits below)
Pale Paris by Eye Poetry Photography / Iceland by Sylvia Okkerse / Northern Lights in Svalbard, Norway by Sam Hennessy / Blue Lagoon, Iceland by Peter Baker / / Swedish TreeHotel / Pink Flower Field found on iiiinspired / Joshua Tree found on SF Girl By Bay / Seattle by Jenny Vorwaller
I love the bold black and red forms of this print by Sir Terry Frost, entitled, “Red and Black Solid.”
Stumbled upon an amazing Tumblr this week, simply called Vintage Stamp Designs. It features tons and tons of beautiful stamps from all over the world, many of which seem to have been collected and compiled by Karen Horton, who also posts her beautiful finds on her vintage stamp collection on Flickr. She does an amazing job sharing information about the stamps, and I admire her dedication to cataloging all these beauties. I spent way too long saving all my favorites, and then compiling them into the collage above.
These incredible prints, made by Bryan Nash Gill, are created using remnants of tree stumps, which the artist inks and hand prints to make these large scale records of trees that have been felled. The printing process for this series is incredibly laborious: after rolling out the ink, the artist gingerly places the thin Japanese paper atop the section of wood, and uses the pressure of his fingertips to impress the ink upon paper.
You can see a more in depth explanation of Brian Nash Gill’s process on the Ashes & Milk blog, or take a look at his portfolio.
Looking for more creative inspiration? Check out the archives, and see all the amazing artists who inspire my work as a printmaker.