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Rose Cloud

Rose Cloud pattern

“Rose Cloud” is one of 30 art deco inspired patterns from my Tangerine Sunday shop. All the patterns are all available in fabrics, wallpapers, decals and wrapping paper.

If you see something that you’d like in a smaller or larger repeat, just let me know. I can alter the repeat size for you.

Cheers,

Paula

 

 

All images property of Paula Ogier. Please do not reproduce without written permission.

 

Art Deco fabric

Paris Pearl Drop (Copyright © 2013 Paula Ogier)

It’s official. My recently announced fabric shop, Tangerine Sunday, is now open on Spoonflower. There’s currently a collection of 30 art deco inspired designs available in the shop. I’m also building some other collections for later release.

See the whole Deco Daydreams collection here at Tangerine Sunday.

Art deco fabricIn a matter of days, my 30-design Deco Daydreams fabric collection should be available through Spoonflower.com in my Tangerine Sunday shop.

If you’re not familiar with Spoonflower, it offers a wide range of fabrics with original designs by artists. Spoonflower sends fabric swatches (like the sheet of my collection shown above), requiring approval from the designer before making them available for sale. I’m about to approve this collection so I can move forward with making them available for purchase.

It’s great to see the designs on fabric. I have already seen some of my designs on fabric products (such as the beautifully made throw pillows offered by DENY Designs), but I love the idea that people could use the fabrics to make anything from dresses to coats to handbags to backpacks to drapes to hot pads to upholstery and more!

 

The designs from this collection will be available in a wide variety of fabrics:

Basic Cotton Ultra
Basic Combed Cotton
Kona Cotton
Cotton Poplin
Cotton Voile
Cotton Silk
Organic Cotton Knit
Organic Cotton Sateen
Heavy Cotton Twill
Linen-Cotton Canvas
Eco Canvas
Silky Faille
Performance Knit
Performance Pique
Modern Jersey
Faux suede
Silk crepe de chine

Fabric prices range from $17.50 to $38 per yard. Fabrics can be ordered in test swatches (8″x 8″), fat quarters (21″x 18″) and yards (42″ width).

Spoonflower also offers the designs printed on wallpapers and gift wrap.

Making Art a PracticeCongratulations to Cat Bennett, author of the encouraging and inspiring book, “Making Art a Practice,” which has just won a gold medal from Foreword Reviews, the go-to indie book review for libraries and bookstores.

One of the main understandings nourished in me by this book is that we all have our own expression and vision within us, and we have only to engage with them to find them. One of my favorite things about the writing in this book, as well as in Cat Bennett’s previous book, “The Confident Creative,” is the soothing and matter of fact approach to opening one up to their own creative energies.

See Forward Reviews’ review.

If you haven’t been to Cat’s The Company of Artists Facebook page, I encourage you to visit. It’s a great resource for connecting with the ideas and works of artists around the world.

paper collageNot that I’m ever short on ideas or inspiration, but sometimes it’s fun to experiment with something off your beaten path and see what happens. I make art with my computer a lot, painting in Photoshop with my Wacom electronic pen and pad. Sometimes I use it to make free hand designs, and sometimes to paint over my own scanned drawings, collages and photographs.

Recently an artist friend was visiting me in Boston. She has made a lot of digital images herself in recent years, but the two of us were up for some hands-on art making. We went to my studio together, and while she got engrossed in painting in her sketchbook, I puttered around with some new rubber alphabet stamps and an inkpad. I tried to get through imprinting the entire alphabet on paper without the ink around the letter touching the paper. No such luck!

Next I drew several designs with colored pencils, but the truth is I was itching to get on my computer – I love drawing and painting with my electronic pen. But I made myself do something other then get on my Mac.

I cut some shapes out of black paper. Some were organic shapes and others were straight lines. Then I laid them on a white background and kept moving them around. I loved the images I got from them. They reminded me of architecture, of books, and of seeds. I didn’t glue the pieces of black paper down. Instead, I took photographs of each image before moving the pieces of paper around to make a new design. And now, FINALLY, I have gotten onto Photoshop and created a little montage (see above) of the images! Really, how could I resist?

Any artists out there reading this? Do you ever stray from your usual artistic practice or medium, just to see things a little differently? Tell me about it. I’d love to know.

 

 

Images above property of Paula Ogier.

 

 

Poster Art

American Holiday travel poster art

I’m attracted to poster art with striking graphics and motifs.

I recently designed a “holiday” poster series as a thematic modern take on vintage travel posters. I like to imagine them inspiring someone to go on, or to remember, such adventures as a classic cross-country American road trip, a romantic honeymoon in Paris, days spent strolling through aromatic spice markets of Morocco, or maybe a sun-baked beach stay in Cozumel.

I see the butterflies – the thread that ties all the designs in the series together – as symbolic of not just the liberation found in flight and travel, but also of the transformative power of travel experiences.

See more of my poster art.

 

 

 

 

Above images: “American Holiday” (detail) and “American Holiday,” (poster) Copyright © 2014 Paula Ogier.

Paula Ogier artist studio 450 Harrison

A creative corner of my studio at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s SoWa arts district

I moved in to Studio 203 at 450 Harrison Avenue very recently – on May 1 – so I am just starting my second month here. My furnishings are still a little bare bones but I’ve moved a lot of my supplies and furniture in and actually managed to do a little work here already. I’m still figuring out how to best use the space, so it may see some changes as my work habits take shape here.

I’m really pleased to now be included in the SoWa Artists Guild’s directory (top left on their page).

The SOWA Artists Guild at 450 Harrison Avenue is a non-profit association of professional studio artists. From their website: “The Guild’s purpose is to promote the diversity and individuality of the artists working in this flagship space, the center of the SOWA Art District.”

There are about 70 artist studios in this building, with mediums that include drawing, fiber arts, mixed media, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation and jewelry.

The first Friday of every month, from 5-9 pm, 450 Harrison Avenue artists open their studio doors to the public. Unfortunately, I can’t be here on Friday nights (my studio mate, jewelry maker Barbara Goldberg is likely to have the studio open, however), but I’m usually here 1-5 pm on Sundays. You can come to this art + design district for SoWa Sundays and make a whole day of visiting the outdoor art and craftspersons’ tents, the farmers’ market, vintage market, food trucks, and of course the artist studios inside 450 Harrison Avenue. And not only does our building have artists – it has bathrooms!  These Sunday events run from May-October, they are free and parking is available.

Learn more about the SoWa Artists Guild.

Directions to 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.

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