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Kitschy Micro-Life

Hello again!

I'm so happy to start this special session! I live in NYC and as a result, I spend a lot of time on the subway. I recently saw an advertisement for a special exhibit at the Museum of Natural History about the secret world inside of our bodies and was immediately intrigued! I decided to do some googling and found all of these interesting photos of micro-organisms, and I fell down a rabbit hole of micro-life exploring. There are so many interesting shapes, the inspiration feels endless! I also love mid-century illustration and design, I love the shapes, the quality of line, and how artists of that time made such beautiful, often abstract work. I felt that the shapes of micro-organisms really lent themselves to this style and so my moodboard was born. I am beyond excited to see how this pattern unfolds!

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Started drawing and my sketches are below! I'm excited about these shapes and I can't wait to get htem onto my computer so I can play around with them. 

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And here is the final pattern! I am pretty happy with how it came out, although I will probably go back and tweak it a tiny bit more. I can't wait to turn it into a full collection!!

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Hello!

Very excited about this class! I got inspired by images of beautiful embroidery featuring lots of florals and french knots. I'm in the middle of decorating a new apartment and find myself drawn to a lot of old textiles, embroidery pieces and weavings because of how much visual interest texture adds to a space. I wanted to try to convey that in a repeat pattern! Moodboard:

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I started by sketching some of the many flowers in my parents' garden on a recent visit:

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Then after much arranging and re-arranging, and much coloring I ended up with this pattern! 

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I like it! I think there are still some areas I need to go back in and tweak (I'm noticing a lot of blank spaces) and I might change the color around a bit. but I'm going to take this into the next class where we try to develop an entire collection. Thanks Elizabeth, this has been a great class!

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