TEXT & TONIC - J K L June 02 2020, 0 Comments
In this blog I'll focus on letters J, K and L, and introduce you to a puzzle, a key, and a mystery.
Joy has no cost. Marianne Williamson
The jigsaw puzzle was created by a map engraver as a wooden instructional tool in 1700s England. When the puzzles were mass produced on cardboard in the USA, they became a cheap and fun pastime. There are puzzles now of Renaissance paintings and Abstract Expressionist art.
In step with today’s search for self and spirituality, Marianne Williamson offers a way to help people in their quests. Sometimes referred to as the priestess of the New Age, Marianne offers suggestions to the millions who seek her guidance.
Kiss me, and you will see how important I am. Sylvia Plath
The Greek key pattern does not belong to the Greeks alone. It's been found in Egyptian tombs, ancient Chinese buildings and sculptures, and Mayan carvings. A beautiful pattern, decorative, simple, and enduring.
Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Talented, beautiful, tragic. Her brave honesty left us too soon. She left us with an understanding of the complexity of the soul.
There's more to life than being a passenger. Amelia Earhart
The enduring flexible lattice pattern shows up in architecture, in music tuning, and in pastry. And if we look up in the sky, we just might understand that the application of the lattice pattern design will fly us into the future.
Aviator Amelia Earhart set many flying records and tirelessly promoted the advancement of women in aviation. In 1937, during a flight to circumnavigate the globe, she vanished. Investigations into her mysterious disappearance continue today. Her legacy lives on.
When you're not involved with mysteries or puzzles, take a look at my colourful Text & Tonic design collection for your home decor. I think you'll find something you'll like.
I hope you found this blog interesting. Some puzzles will never be solved.
Hasta luego amigos.
TEXT & TONIC - A to Z May 07 2020, 0 Comments
In the spirit of change, I’ve been inspired to create a colourful design series, using three features: pattern, the alphabet, and quotations.
I’ve chosen 26 patterns, starting with argyle ending with zigzag. The origins of these patterns are fascinating and I'm happy to share their story with you in my upcoming blog series.
With each new design, a single letter is the visual focus. I've been inspired by artists who have used the alphabet in unique, creative ways. Illustrator Edward Gorey applied his style to a very enjoyable alphabet book called The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
Quotations are the third feature of this design project. I'll introduce you to some remarkable women who offer us their words of wisdom--some sincere, some hilarious. When Amelia Earhart in her quote tells us that "There's more to life than just being a passenger", we know she's telling us that we can be brave and we can fly on our own. I'm looking up, Amelia.
I'm looking forward to sharing my new designs with you beginning next Tuesday, May 12th. Until then....