Design Inspiration taken from time spent on the Canvas…

Design Inspiration taken from time spent on the Canvas… 

1 Creative Exercise: “Fill the Canvas”… 2 Different Approaches

There is something about sitting down to an empty sketchbook or staring at a blank canvas. Maybe it's the excitement of the unknown with a myriad of potential possibilities? One of my favorite creative exercises is to clear my head and sit down and either sketch or paint with both my dominant and none dominant hand with no expectations of a subject or mood

 

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FINDING INSPIRATION IN UNEXPECTED PLACES...

FINDING INSPIRATION IN UNEXPECTED PLACES...Take time to slow down, experience each moment and keep your eyes open, because inspiration is all around us. 10 people can look at the exact same thing and all perceive their experience differently.  Be open to all potential sources for inspiration. 

Trust your creative intuition and have fun discovering the journey! 

What’s inspiring you lately?

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Attitudes: EXPLORING ATTITUDES OF REJUVENATION AND CONNECTION

Attitudes: EXPLORING ATTITUDES OF REJUVENATION AND CONNECTION:

IN THE STUDIO I AM EXPLORING ATTITUDES OF CONNECTION, COMFORT, AND REJUVENATION,  ALL IN REFLECTION OF  HOW IT RELATES TO TEXTILE DESIGN.

SUMMER IS UPON US! Time for summer vacations, backyard parties, and spending time with family and friends. Summer is all about rejuvenation and grounding in comforting experiences and deeper connections. Connections with people, places, and objects within our daily environment. This can have several implications for art and design. Textile designs can directly effect the mood of an environment or product with color, tactile input, and by evoking emotional responses through representation of familiar objects or locations.

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TEXTILE COLOR TREND SPOTLIGHT:

In the spirit of spring and renewal, let's take a look at 3 color trends that are inspiring Textile Design for 2017: PINK, NEUTRALS, AND SHADES OF GREEN AND BLUE. These colors translate fluently between home and fashion markets as both statement pieces and accent coordinates.

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E'FLOMAE ANNOUNCES "SONORAN OASIS" A TEXTILE DESIGN COLLECTION FOR THE INTERIOR AND HOSPITALITY MARKETS

E'FLOMAE announces "Sonoran Oasis" a new textile design collection for interior and hospitality markets will be launched exclusively at Surtex, the Premiere Trade show for Art and Design Licensing.

Esther Shavon, founder and creative director ofE'FLOMAE describes Sonoran Oasis as "A visual exploration of nature's organic elements and colorful hues seen throughout the Southwest region of the United States."

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FINDING INSPIRATION IN DAILY LIFE...CELEBRATING UNEXPECTED TREASURES

Finding inspiration in daily life...A Charge for Celebrating Spring and its unexpected treasures

Although it is difficult to ignore the beauty within a fully blossomed single wildflower or a field of flowers; the bright colors and pastels floating in the wind and basting in the sunshine can be a definite force to be reckoned and admired. Sometimes, the biggest inspiration can come from the often overlooked or the smallest details of our everyday environment.

When was the last time that you saw something that just out of the blue made you stop and stare? You couldn't quite put your finger on what was so striking, but you knew you were just drawn to it.  It could have been something as simple as a texture in a rock, or the shape of an awning on a door frame. At times, discovered on a routine walk/errand or rushing from one place to another and something catches your eye: you stop, pause, and begin to ponder..hummmmm...it is then that a spark is ignited and the magic begins. I call them the Unexpected Wonders ...consider it a crossroads where creativity and inspiration meet. I invite you to indulge your senses and explore your curiosity. You might be quite surprised on where it leads you.


One of these particular occasions happened to me the other week when I walking in the mall and noticed some huge leaves in a planter that I thought had extraordinary line structure.  I believe they were croton petra leaves but not entirely sure. The simple vastness of the leaves commanded for a stage of its own. Then there was the movement and interplay of crosshatch and defined diagonal lines that seem to act as characters within an orchestrated  symphony, each playing their own part to create a  crescendo movement effect. Immediately I was taken away to a tropical lush feel with vibrancy and playfulness. To the dismay of several patrons walking around me trying to figure out what in the world I was seeing in this simple plant in the middle of the mall as I crouch, backed up, came in close, backed up again...taking pictures all the way…but I had tunnel vision: I Just Had to capture this moment of inspiration.  It was only me and my tropical treasure.  With visions of a fusion of the rhythmic jazz and bebop mixed with lush tropic backgrounds I created the main print included in this post: Pattern Collection Tropical Bebop!

Let's celebrate those unexpected moments that graciously cross our paths as unexpected treasures. Shall we dare to challenge ourselves to slow down and engage with our environment? In slowing down, may we open ourselves up to the awaiting inspiration in our daily life interactions that delight our senses and gives us that little extra inner smile.

Reflecting on the past few weeks that have beckoned a new era of bursting shades of color, revealed textures, and the hint of Wildflowers budding. Upon reflecting, I share with you an internal smile as I muse among the wonder of spring and beckon all the awaiting surprises and unexpected treasures to come...

Embracing Color, Pattern, and Design,

EstherShavon

Embracing Color. Pattern. And Design.

Welcome to the inaugural post of Intricate Expressions....Capturing Moments in Time, by E'FLOMAE, a surface design studio. My name is EstherShavon, photographer, surface pattern designer, and founder of E'FLOMAE. Here you will find an array of posts exploring design inspiration, design process, fine art photography, and engagement in the world of surface design. 

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