Week 2 of my Make Art That Sells course focused on the Home Decor market. Our main assignment was to design 1-4 plates with a paisley design. If you can look beyond paisley as a Hugh Hefner-esque smoking jacket, I actually like the shapes of a paisley print: lots of curves and details. I also really love designs with an Indian flair that include paisleys. So I decided to combine an Indian influence and the indigo color trend (is that still considered a current trend? I sure hope so, I rather like it). I've always had a thing for blue and white china, I have a small collection of my own, and the book Indigo: The Color that Changed the World has been on my Amazon wish list for awhile now. My research started with images of all kinds of paisleys in fashion, art, and textiles, even cakes and cookies.
The most recent Anthropologie Look Book was also fun inspiration because they're using images inspired by India. Indigo also plays a prominent role in their current offerings in home and fashion. If only I could have snuck in a field trip to their store for "research" since they're near the top of my dream client list. I could quite happily live in that store and I'd even let the kids visit every once in awhile. Once I started drawing I also referenced this Designs and Motifs from India from Dover. I have a few of these books and I appreciate them when I'm trying to work on some new motifs for a pattern. They really help me get the feel for some new shapes and inspire me to layer pieces in a new way until I'm able to come up with my own take on the style.
Lilla also encouraged us to get out of our comfort zones this week and experiment with different mediums and mark-making. I love using watercolor and paint but often ditch it when I'm making new designs because it just gets a little complicated, but I really wanted to incorporate a painted look this time so I ultimately ended up using some watercolor to add texture and depth.
Once I had all my icons together I started playing around with placement in a circular shape, mixing and matching, and trying out different colors to come up with the final three plates. It was really fun to design with this end product in mind, even though I know that's not a necessary step and art can just as easily end up on a product you didn't intend. I'm sure I'm not the only designer who likes playing make believe and imagining their designs on a real product. Now if only someone would make these plates for me! Lilla told us to design to our own taste level - make something we would purchase - and I definitely think I would buy these. One of Lilla's other motos is "people buy your joy" so I'm trying to make sure I have that in mind when I'm making art and designing because who wouldn't want their work to be an experience of joy?
Next week: Children's Books! Yikes!