Archive for the ‘Pattern’ Category
When we work on a new window display for Studio 404 Weddings, everyone gets excited. It’s a chance to really explore some fun ideas that might be a recent trend or pushing the boundaries of new ideas for any wedding or event. For our September window, we asked Carly of Carly Rae Weddings & Events if she wanted to be on board & she was definitely excited to start! When we met with Carly to discuss the concept, we knew it would be fantastic to see it all come to life. Her concept started with burlap & lace. The contrast of the neutral whites & natural burlap looked great when paired with the gorgeous pops of pink & peach from the ribbon & flowers.
Charla of Charla Blue Photography created these crafty burlap ribbon montages that held several of her photos in a gorgeous flowing strip!
Carly created these adorable pom doilies that floated lightly above everything. She then wrapped some burlap ribbon & satin peach ribbon around the cake & tulle backdrop to really add some pop of color & softness to juxtapose against the burlap. So adorable! The doilies were then attached to the burlap table-cloth to bring it all together.
Tulle curtains in satin peach ribbon bow ties. Details details!
Monica had this fabulous lace printed kraft wrapping paper that we used to wrap some gift boxes as additional props that everyone still can’t get enough of. Charla added some fantastic white ornate picture frames that were all different & bold to showcase some of her wedding photography. The final touch was this insanely gorgeous vintage brooch bouquet by Amy! Loads of peach & gold, you just have to see this one in person.
Everyone in the studio contributed to the subtle, but beautiful, hidden gems that make this window display really flow. Amy of Bride & Bloom Flowers brought in small luggage props, and some fantastic vintage clear glass bottles to use as vases for the flowers that just brought the whole thing to life. Can you spot the rustic horse head? Yup! Another hidden gem.
Carly truly put together a fantastic window display! You’ll have to stop by Studio 404 Weddings (our Long Beach wedding studio) to see it for yourself (& pick up Carly’s card!). Don’t forget to come in & say ‘hello’!
As a designer I often get asked where do I find inspiration for my work. My answer is always that I find it everywhere and as an artist is goes hand-in-hand. To me, an artist or a designer is inspired by so many things because we can see things differently. When one person walks by a tree they might not think anything of it. When I walk by a tree I see groves, depth and texture in the bark that makes me want to touch it. Seeing things for more than a brief second and taking notice of details is an artist’s eye. I admit, it can be exhausting and I often have to keep my thoughts to myself because it might seem as though I can’t stay focused on anything because I notice so much! Ask Jason, he knows.
I attribute this to my many years of art and design education. Having an art background and training in design helps me create designs for all my stationery and invitation projects. My designs aren’t cookie-cutter and when I see someone selling their designs without formal training, I am not going to lie, it shows and it hurts. I really did learn things in college and having an art background helps me create gorgeous and unique designs.
Although I have always been involved in art and art classes in school and college I remember when I first truly began to SEE. One of the first assignments in an early drawing class was to draw a tricycle–from memory! We had 10 minutes to sketch it out and for the life of me, I couldn’t remember what a tricycle looked like. A curve here, a few tires there, um, wait, what is this? Where does the child sit!? As hard of a challenge that it was, it made me realize I need to open my eyes a bit more if I really wanted to be an artist and therefore a skilled designer.
Now, in my daily life, I almost can’t stop taking photos of things that I find magnificent. Like this building I came across yesterday. I am obsessed with patterns and finding amazing patterns in nature or that are man-made couldn’t excite me more. While taking a stroll with Jason we came across this very 1960s inspired apartment building. I couldn’t resist taking a photo and just loved the repetition. Here are some of the photos.
The balconies had this fantastic geometric pattern contrasted with a curvy balcony view.
Ahh. . . look at that light shining down on it!
It was really cute too because Jason was like, “They are going to come out here and think you are weird for taking photos of their building.” I wasn’t worried though, I would just tell them I am an artist. -xx