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TEXT & TONIC - A B C May 18 2020, 0 Comments

 
As mentioned in my previous blog, I'd like to introduce you to TEXT & TONIC, a series of graphic designs I've created using three elements:  pattern, alphabet, and quotations.  Let's begin at the beginning...


 
"I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action." Mae West

I've placed Mae West’s quote about action on a version of the argyle pattern. This pattern became popular in the 1920's when it showed up on the Duke of Windsor’s sports outfits.  I wonder what Mae would say about that.

Mae was a woman of action and courage, with a genius for comedy. Over her seventy year career, Mae understood that she had to challenge the customs of the day, take risks, and at times, live outside the law in order to be successful. She landed in jail briefly in the twenties, saved Paramount from bankruptcy in the thirties, and was at one time the highest paid woman in the USA. In 1935 Mae's lips even inspired Salvador Dali to design a sofa.  

Mae West knew how to make enemies and she understood how to turn enemies into friends. From her, I've learned that disobedience, wit, action, and charm, can take us far. Later, we can relax on a red sofa.  




"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

I’ve put Eleanor Roosevelt's quote on a stylized version of the basket weave pattern. Images of woven baskets were found over 20,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Woven baskets are seen still in markets all around the world. Some things will always enure.

Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy has been woven into our history. In her quote, she encourages us to believe in the beauty of our dreams knowing that dreams lead us into the future.

If You Ask Me

This remarkable woman turned many of her dreams into reality. We've reaped the rewards of here actions, including her contribution to the drafting and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I’m reminded  by Eleanor Roosevelt to believe in my dreams....and to dream big. 



 
 When you have confidence, you feel like you’re much younger. Maye Musk

The striking chevron pattern is the background for a quote from Maye Musk. This pattern shows up in Ancient Greece, in Byzantine architecture, European heraldry, and in contemporary decor.

  

a queen's headress        Maye Musk photo

Maye Musk is the epitome of self confidence. She tells me that confidence and decades of hard work can lead to success. With the right amount of confidence, I feel that I could fly to the moon...I'm working on it.

I’m reminded that there are many extraordinary women who have made their mark in history by thinking outside the box and asking questions. Women like: Émilie du Châtelet, who was a scientist and intellectual in the 1800s; the Countess of Lovelace who was the world’s first computer programmer in the mid-1800s; and Rosalind Miles who wanted to know Who Cooked The Last Supper? 

I like to think about all these wonderful women when I'm taking a walking. They're good companions and good for my confidence.

            

Here are just three of the many new items available on my website. These patterns and strong quotes are the foundation of this new design series. You're sure to find something there to brighten your home.

Stay tuned for D, E, and F next week.

Hasta luego,

Val