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Inspiration From Illustrations

I’m not doing artistic endeavors this year, but I can’t help passing along goodies that appeal to me. Case in point, magazine covers by Ryo Takemasa. Here are covers he did for NON Magazine that I thought could translate well into fabric.

Each of these illustrations would take just the right fabric – bought or painted/printed to bring the image to life. The trees above the waterfalls could be done by printing with a cut out sponge. I’m not advocating breaking copyright laws by using these images, but such simplified images could be an interesting way to create quilted landscapes.

Takemasa’s website shows yet more examples of his work. I hope his work inspires you to approach design in new ways.

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Around Here Week 42

Ten more weeks to go before the end of the year. I decided it’s about time my husband had a say here, though he  doesn’t take many pictures. In September he spent three weeks in Puebla, Mexico, on an intensive language course. While he brought back many photos of intriguing churches and ruins, I want to show you the photo he took just for me.

He thought I’d like the drippy numbers. I do, but I wonder about the surrealistic elements here – the door below street level, the glass doors that open to brick walls, the black door that doesn’t seem to have a door knob. Then there’s the wet bits on the paving. What happened there?

I could ask him, but I’ll let the mystery be.

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Around Here Week 40

The humble backs of buildings are often a source of inspiration for me. I found this painted over window with peeling paint and rust streaks at the rear of the Summit Art Space building. I like how the blue touches contrast with the terracotta and ocher colors. Then, there’s the texture of the brick.It’s a possible color palette or a texture for a fabric.

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Around Here Week 25

This week’s posts are drawn from my recent trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Here’s the view from the tasting room at the Lamoreaux Landing winery by Seneca Lake in Lodi, New York. Pretty sweet. It seems ready made for a landscape quilt.

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Around Here Week 24

Since I tend to hike looking more at my feet than the scenery, I notice tree roots that can trip me up, which is why I look at my feet. Talk about circular logic!

I thought this root was reminiscent of Chinese ink drawings. It might make a good thermofax screen, which could be printed in several different orientations.

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Around Here Week 23

Last week Around Here was in Columbus, Ohio, so the photo comes from there. Since I was preoccupied with color combinations in my dyeing class, I was taken with the blues of the sky, glass and shadows, the red of the sign and brick crosswalk, and the green of the leaves. Too bad I didn’t use that combination in my class.

A few decades ago I worked about a block from this intersection in a run down former hotel called the Seneca. My agency moved into swanker quarters and the former hotel has been refurbished into apartments for students.

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Around Here Week 22

Enough of nature’s spring glories. Let me get down to nuts and bolts. This utilitarian hardware holds together a pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga River. I love the different textures of the rusted metal and worn wood, and the shadows of the bolts. I like the color scheme as well.

The join is at the halfway point of the bridge, and this post is almost the halfway point of Around Here. How fitting.

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