TEXT & TONIC - M N O June 09 2020, 0 Comments
My latest blog introduces you to three exceptional women, artists who overcame obstacles, adversity, and discrimination, then became famous, and shared their abundance.
Where there is a woman, there is magic. Ntozake Shange
I find the moire pattern interesting because there's always an impression of motion. Sometimes it appears suddenly, but it's always fun to play with.
Ntozake Shange was an amazing black feminist, American, playwright and poet, whose work focused on race and black power. She was a pioneer in theatre arts, blending poetry, music, dance and drama. The 'choreopoem' shook the theatre world and challenged the traditional three-act structure.
I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on. Josephine Baker
In 1926, the 20 year old Josephine Baker left America and landed in Paris, where she fascinated the French with her outrageous dancing style and was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre, was a fearless civil rights activist, and created her own Rainbow Tribe family of adopted children. And she showed the French a few things about dressing in style.
There are no mistakes, only opportunities. Tina Fey
The ogee pattern first appeared in the middle east and by the 14th century Europe it was used in Venetian Gothic and Gothic Revival architectural styles. This old world pattern has travelled through history and now decorates our contemporary homes.
Tina Fey is an award winning actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. For her enormous contribution to the entertainment industry, she has been voted the Entertainer of the year and won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tina is known for her commitment to charity works and global development projects.
The three inspirational quotations in this blog appear on a variety of home decor products in the Text & Tonic design series. They're available on my website. May they always inspire you.
I'm looking forward to writing my next blog about three more fascinating women and their words of wisdom.
Until then, hasta luego amigos.
TEXT & TONIC - G H I May 28 2020, 0 Comments
I enjoy blogging about my design series because I’m learning about the lives of some fascinating women. And I've found that many of the textile patterns that we live with today were created in ancient times.
"Instant gratification is not soon enough." Meryl Streep
The worldwide popularity of the gingham pattern was originally developed in India and Indonesia, exported to Europe and into the American colonies in early 17th century. Now we find gingham everywhere; we wear it, sit on it, eat on it. It's on cars, on Easter eggs, and on statues. It's not just for cowgirls.
Meryl Streep, actor extraordinaire, has played many characters including a prime minister, a holocaust survivor, and a whistle blower. Her talents have been acknowledged by fans and peers alike, and she's seen as one of the best actors of her generation. With this kind of adoration, I think I can learn a lot from Meryl when I sit down with a bag of popcorn and explore her creativity in the world of cinema.
"If there's no chocolate in heaven, I'm not going." Jane Seabrook
The use of the herringbone pattern dates back to the Roman Empire where it was used in roadway construction. Filippo Brunellechi's creation of the breathtaking cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore was made possible by using the herringbone brick pattern.
Jane Seabrook is an illustrator and designer known for her detailed paintings of wildlife. Her watercolours of animals, which she pairs with quotes, speak to the human condition. We are encouraged to laugh and feel good, and get on with it.
"Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting." Gertrude Stein
The Ikat pattern employs the resist dyeing technique. Ikat textiles are created in many traditional textiles centres around the world. The characteristic fuzzy patterning is prized by many textile collectors.
Gertrude Stein was a modernist literary pioneer and an enthusiastic patron of avant-garde art. She was a leading figure of the pre-World War I art circles in Paris. Along with many others, the Cubist artist Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso, frequented Gertrude's Parisienne salon.
Here are a few of the many fun items now available on my website. I think you'll find something there to brighten your home.
I'm looking forward to sharing more about some fascinating women with you in the next blog: Text & Tonic J K L.
Hasta luego amigos.
MOTHERS - HEROES WALK AMONG US April 10 2018, 0 Comments
Mothers are not always recognized and acknowledged for their powerful position in the world. On Mother’s Day, May 13th, we have the opportunity to celebrate our mothers, in person or in memory. This is a day to formally honour the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in West Virginia. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.
The enormous debt we owe our mothers is acknowledged in many ways. In his essay “The Difference Between Mothers and Heroes” Lance Conrad summarizes three things all heroes have in common:
• Heroes answer the call
• Heroes have what it takes
• Heroes are willing to die for their case
History reveals that giants sometimes walk into the room holding a bag of groceries, driving a car, inspiring children to shoot for the stars, saving our lives, changing destiny. The below three links that tell amazing stories about heroic mothers.
We can honour and celebrate our mothers best on May 13th by acknowledging her special place in the world. Now would be a good time to get her a card which will reach her just in time for Mother's Day. I've created four new cards to choose from. Order one from the online catalogue of card today.
Motherhood is powerful. The continuation of the world as we know it depends on them.
A Message To My Readers September 20 2017, 0 Comments
Welcome to my corner of the internet. I've been designing cards for a few years and look forward to sharing regular new creations with you, whether you are someone looking for a card for a special occasion, another card designer, or someone looking to sell my cards in your shop. I hope you'll find something here for you, or someone you love and care about.
Future posts will include updates on card offerings, some behind the scenes peaks at my process and what influences me. I will share inspiring quotes and thoughtful words of great minds of poets, writers, musicians, philosophers, and artists. But there's more…
I'm going to offer you, my reader, regular tips on writing meaningful messages for celebration, condolence, and appreciation. We all love to buy and give cards, but sometimes we lack the words to say, ' I love you', 'I appreciate you', or 'I am sorry'. I will help you with that.
I always welcome reader feedback, so if you have something to share on a topic, a question, or want to suggest a future post or card, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments section or send me an email.