How Do You Interpret "Abstract" In Art and Design? My Answer Is Featured in Issue #54 of Uppercase Magazine!
Just after returning from my month-long road trip down the West Coast (fantastic trip, btw), Issue #54 of Uppercase Magazine (July/Aug/Sept 2022) arrived in the mail! I love it when this magazine arrives! This Issue is all about Abstract Art and Design, and my answer to the question, "How do you personally define or interpret 'abstract' in art and design?" was included, together with my "Flow" pattern design. Thanks to Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine for including me in this Issue, it's so inspiring!
And if you can't read what I wrote from the above photo, here is my answer to the question:
For me, “abstract” art and design begins with a representation of something, whether physical (like flowers or a landscape) or intangible (like love or protest). In other words, it is not non-representational. Sometimes, the subject might be only slightly stylized, so a viewer requires little imagination to understand what it is. On the other hand, the image might be so “abstracted” as to be initially unrecognizable. But in all cases, I think abstraction requires pulling out those essential characteristics or the essence of a subject; then, maybe when the title is revealed or after contemplation, there is an “ah ha” moment when the observer gains an understanding of the artwork’s meaning. As a pattern designer, I try to reduce motifs in my abstract patterns to just their essential shapes and colours, while trying to ensure they are still recognizable for what they are.
The latest Issue #51 of Uppercase Magazine, one of my favourite art publications, just arrived! This Issue is all about QUILTS, yay! Happily, my "Corfu" design was included in the Illustrated Quilts section that features art inspired by quilts "real, remembered and imagined".
A bit about this design: "Corfu" is one of the patchwork-inspired patterns in my "Pieces of Dreams" Collection, inspired by a stop I made on that Greek island during a years-long, around-the-world trip I took many years ago...Memories!
This "Corfu" design is available in my SHOP on absolutely gorgeous, light and delicate silk scarves in several sizes! Have a LOOK HERE!
Just Arrived! The 4th Edition of the UPPERCASE MAGAZINE Surface Pattern Design Guide! And UnBlink Studio Is Included!
Issue #49 of UPPERCASE MAGAZINE just arrived at my door! This issue contains the 4th Edition of the Surface Pattern Design Guide profiling 100 surface pattern designers (over 850 designers submitted over 5000 patterns in all)! With THANKS to Janine, I'm honoured to be included in the Guide! If you don't yet subscribe to this magazine (my favourite), maybe you should...At the very least, try to find Issue #49 to see profiles of all the chosen 100 pattern designers and TONS of inspiring pattern design info and gorgeous pics!
It's Here! The 3rd Edition of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide (Psst: I'm In It)!
It’s here! Issue 41 of Uppercase Magazine which has the 3rd Edition of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide featuring 100 of “the best in up and coming surface pattern designers”! I’m very excited to see my work featured with the 99 other amazing designers (including some of you whom I now know personally!)...Thanks to Janine Vangool for her wonderful magazine! Time to start flipping pages...
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio