JOURNAL RESEARCH: ELLE DECORATION ISSUE 309.MAY 18′

Well well…..there are quite a lot of interesting adverts and articles within this issue. Let’s begin with…….

BISAZZA

…….specifically their MOSAICO Collection.

‘Bisazza is one of the top luxury brands in the design sector and the industry‚Äôs leading producer of glass mosaics for interior and exterior decoration. Over the past few years, the company has extended its decorative offerings with new materials made through processes that combine the value of design with the charm of craftsmanship’.

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Natale, G. (2018) Mosaico (Advertisement) In: Spriggs, B. (2018) Bisazza: Mosaico, Elle Decoration, No 309 (May), p.21.

I absolutely adore this design by Greg Natale, it reminds me of the grain found within wood; the organic nature is transformed by the geometric nature of each individual glass mosaic tile. Could I experiment with this type of pattern as a gentle and soft background? Strangely enough I have actually undertaken some observational studies of my own within my Material Matters project…..could I maybe revisit and re-envisage this design to incorporate within my hero or possible Blender pattern?

YELLOW, GREY & LINE

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Wishlist (Article) In: Spriggs, B. (2018) ‘Sun and Stripes: Team Moody Graphic Greys with Splashes of Sunshine Yellow for a Modern Bedroom Scheme’, Elle Decoration, No 309 (May), p.53.

Although this is not one particular brand per se, it demonstrates some of my favourite design elements:

COLOUR – ‘Citron’ Estate Emulsion by FARROW & BALL, masters of paint, interior design and colour @ farrow-ball.com Strangely enough, I have begun to really appreciate the power of Yellow; I have always opined it as rather a nonchalant colour, but now think it may be one of my favourite. Daffodils as black line and a yellow background?

LINE – ‘Forest Lovers’ print by Christopher Lorenzo @ roomfifty.com So simple, but amazingly effective when combined with a strong colour such as the ‘Citron’ Yellow. The thickness of line also really communicates the importance of the image it contains i.e the print.

PATTERN – J by Jasper Conran towels @ debenhams.com Geometric patterns utilising a white line against the yellow is just as effective as the black line against the yellow. The black and yellow together communicates a harder edged (masculine?) design and the white against yellow conveys a softer edged (feminine) design; I could explore this.

METALLICS – SILVER

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Colour (Article) In: Spriggs, B. (2018) ‘Silver: Having proved it’s Mettle, this Futuristic Shade is taking a Momentum to Shine’, Elle Decoration, No 309 (May), p.82.

This got me thinking back to the lecture I had with one of my tutors, Sian, whilst thinking about our brand as a designer and which colours what be core elements of said brand; silver has always been a favourite colour of mine and what better colour to offset it against than Blue………time to play………….

 

SELF DIRECTED STUDY: 3-D STITCH/FRINGE FOOT/COLOUR PLAY

3rd day that I had decided to utilise the empty Stitch workshop at Uni.

Before I arrived at Uni, I took a trip to Hobbycraft to purchase some mandatory and some new equipment for a few new ideas rolling through my head:

  1. CHENILLE GLITTER/COLOURED STEMS (PIPE CLEANERS)
  2. COLOURED LOLLIPOP STICKS
  3. MIRRORED CARD (GOLD & SILVER)
  4. 5″ X 5″ CELLOPHANE CARD WRAPPERS

The Chenille Stems would be used in some context with raised 3-D stitches (Fringe foot)….so began my experimentation.

A double zig-zag stitch was incorporated on a heavyweight cotton fabric (no backing necessary). A blue glittery chenille stem was placed before the Fringe foot and guided through the stitches travelling down the fabric, resulting in the stem contained in a ‘cage’ of 3-D stitches; colour was purposely chosen to interpret the main colours found within Mulholland Drive……..YELLOW, PINK, PURPLE, RED, GREEN & BLUE. The result is fun, playful and stylised. The blue glittery stem acts as a catalyst to reflect lights and energy.

This next design came about from the idea of splicing colour contrast/harmony with creating a 3-D effect using thread. Some of the coloured thread employs a direct contrast, while others engage the idea of colour harmony. The colours look far more vibrant and expressive when looked at in person.

A Herring Bone stitch was embellished onto the surface of the same used in the previous sample, but on this occasion I decided to employ a double layering of the same stitch, creating a colour fusion and smorgasbord of texture. The colours demonstrated on this sample can all be found in Mulholland Drive.

Even the underside (reverse) of this sample has a beautiful pattern; I am always surprised at the wonders of stitch and the endless creative outcome it generates.

Subsequently, the more ideas I originate, the more knowledge I obtain.

The Mirrored Card, Coloured Lollipop sticks and Cellophane card wrappers will be utilised within the next couple of days…..WATCH THIS SAPCE.