Lantana Mandala

Recently I was able to take an on-line course with the very talented Sherry London. Sherry is a Photoshop expert, having used the program from its early beginnings. Coincidentally, she came to PS for designing for knitting machines – the same reason I got involved in computer design programs. I would definitely recommend Sherry’s courses, she is so generous and helpful with her knowledge. And no, I don’t have any affiliation to her. The short course I took is “Two Weeks to a No Fail Seamless Toss Repeat Pattern in Photoshop”.

As a freebie in this course, Sherry shared a template for creating mandala or kaleidoscope effect images from our artwork. I love this effect, and have experimented with it at various times over the years. It even featured in my degree show. So I had to give it a try.

Fast forward a few months and I have been experimenting this week with the ‘advanced’ template, where I can have more control over the placement of the original artwork. This is an addictive activity. I used photographs of Lantana Camara that I took in the Poison Garden at Guimar Pyramids in Tenerife, and I would like to share a few of my favourite results here.
lantana-red

lantana-white

lantana-mauve

Turkish Carpets

Last year I spent a wonderful holiday in Turkey. I did very little sightseeing, preferring to just relax by, and in, the pool. One of the places I did visit was the Temple of Apollo near Ephesus. While the Temple itself was impressive, I want to share some photos that I took at a carpet seller nearby. Most, if not all, of these carpets and rugs were probably produced for the tourist trade. I loved the strong geometric shapes on most of the designs, together with the gorgeous colours. I hope you enjoy the photos. I will also be sharing some of the colour schemes that I extracted from the rugs on my Instagram feed https://www.instagram.com/annettekirstinedesigns/.

carpet-shop

carpets1

carpets3

carpets2

 

 

 

Saturday Spectrum: Red

“It’s RED Week.
That’s Red.
Not Cadmium Red, Cherry Red, or Tomato Red.

Red.
As Crayola decrees it.”

These were the guidelines from Anne on the Tag Gallery blog. It is more difficult than it sounds to find this red. But my first thought with red was of the leaves and berries we are seeing here now that Autumn has started.

A design based on this colour is still in progress (life happens) so here are some photos from when Piran the studio dog joined me in hunting ‘Red’.

red-collection-2

 

 red-collection-1

Maison Plastique

There was an article in the Sunday newspaper magazine a few months ago about a house in New York. This house looked to be made out of plastic, like a toddler’s playhouse. Here are just a couple of images, but you can see more herehere and here. Please go and take a look – it really is stunning.

housephotos

 

Designed by Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat this house was inspired by Modernist architecture, in particular the Barcelona Pavillion by Mies van der Rohe. And yet at the same time it has an almost kitsch Pop Art feel to it. Despite the appearance, it survived Hurricane Sandy in 2012 better than most of Shelter Island. Underneath the aluminium and polycarbonate walls there is a strong metal framework to support this structure which actually looks as if it is just leaning there temporarily.

The house is nicknamed Maison Plastique by the owners, but is also known as The Speed Bump by local people as everyone driving by slows down to look at it. It is certainly bright and noticeable. I don’t usually like strong synthetic colours like these, but there is something appealing here. Maybe it is the simplicity and boldness of the shapes that suits the colours. The article and the photos made me wonder if some colours suit particular styles better than others. It also gave me some new bright colour palettes to work with.

After seeing this lovely Maison Plastique, I found another version in a local garden. And to its owners eyes I am sure it is every bit as lovely as the one on Shelter Island.

toyhouse

 

Bottle Labels

I wonder how many people (like me) choose a drink by the attractiveness of the label? So I thought I might feature some interesting bottles that I have seen. My favourite has to be the Bruidladdich Malt Whisky bottle with the gorgeous Mucha-esque woman. It sat on my windowsill for months before I photographed it and recycled it.
2013,-nov-11

More bottle labels can also be found on my Pinterest page.