The artist Georgia O'Keeffe said "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.. things I had no words for."*
Oh the truth. Being in this industry is such a great way to meet all different kinds of artists; quilters of course, or those we would call "the ones who paint with fabric," and also very skillful brush and ink artists. Many people who express and keep a record of their story through images.
Multiple times that's how a fabric design begins, maybe not on an easel in the middle of a giant studio, but in someone's sketchbook, through an afternoon of watercolouring, or through frustration let out on a canvas in the style of Joan Mitchell.
So today I want to ask you about your favourite artist(s), it doesn't have to be a famous one, it could be your neighbour; you choose. What's the style or movement in art that you prefer to paint and/or admire? I'm not trying to get fancy here, simple descriptions like pastel floral paintings, or black and white geometric shapes are perfect answers, or really elaborate art-fan ones are also perfect.
I like a mixture of things because I've always identified with an eclectic style, but some of my top ones would be Mondrian with very geometrical lines in primary colours, Yayoi Kusama's density, Frida Kahlo with her surrealist compositions, and my sister Sofia who is obsessed with painting peaches. I also like all artists who try to trick the eye and create optical illusions like Escher. I like to sketch simple shapes, or do the opposite and saturate the canvas, usually in the colours black, white and red.
I must confess something that some might call sinful: although flowers fascinate me, I'm not instinctively attracted to floral paintings, especially in light colours. I understand they are beautiful and I can see why, but they're not automatically my top choice; nevertheless because I can appreciate them, here are some images I created with this straight-out-of-a-painting floral print from Bari J. printed on our dreamy rayon substrate:
Painting the town red,
(*this is also the quote chosen by our very own artist Katarina Roccella for her bio on our website :).