This past week, I created this Queen Anne's Lace design and have already posted it in my shop today. I am pleased to see how well it's been received. People seem taken with this particular piece. I like it, too. I'm hoping to make a pillow one of these days.
Which makes me wonder.
As a professional textile designer, I've had about 15 years to learn to produce almost an infinite array of prints as well as plaids. I have all but mastered the art of delivering whatever style the buyers want (some more successfully than others). But what this all adds up to is that I often morph from one idea or look to the next- not all of them to my express liking.
Enter Cicada Studio and my own personal creative perspective. I am very clear on what I like- and what I want my image to be, but I do find that I have many-a-personal-styles. I find myself slipping into two styles quite readily and often times I don't seem to be able to control which one:
- The first is my art nouveau inspired work- it's bit more literal and fancy, with just a touch of stylized artist license. I often use a more color, and generally is accentuated by a ground color - the tones are somewhat earthy and subdued which evoke the palettes from that period.
- The other style is a little more retro/Mid-Century mod inspired (see What's Buzzin, Cuzzin?) This is my more playful and quirky look. I tend to put them on white grounds, have more clear cut color positions and let the sharp pops of color add to the fun-ness.
When I design a collection of prints one of my challenges is keeping the styles consistent. This print was intended to go with my Earthly Delights group... a more art nouveau-inspired collection. That's not where it wound up going, though. It just came to be from sketch to working it in Illustrator to coloring it up, a more retro vibe pattern. I have no plans (as of yet) for a new retro line, though, so this lil fella is going to be housed in the "independent print" category until I can find him some mates. The testing ground for these prints are in my linen line. I can generally get a good pulse on what's working and what's not just by views, hearts and sales of these patterns. Actually, he plays well with Summer Sandollars... hmmm.
I guess what I'm getting at with this long stream of consciousness is I'm asking myself "is it OK for me to have two rather distinct styles"? I think about some of my role models, they seem to have honed in on an identifiable look. I fear from my years of professional training, I may have lost a bit of this ability. Or as a result, the skill has taken a more obtuse view vs. acute. I'm really not sure. I want to be recognizable- it's important to be so. I think if I have a task before me next year, it is to hone in on this. Or not. Maybe I'm just over-thinking things... welcome to my world!
Thanks for reading this introspective moment!