As many of you know, earlier this month I participated in The Traveling Door event at Klik's. This is the TV cabinet that was sitting in my library in an earlier post about Surviving on Zone Bars. The final product wasn't anything like the version in my head. Sometimes it just works out that way. Either mistakes or trying something new can lead me in a totally new direction. I have always been inspired by Sticks. I think that explains some of the black and white and word elements in my work. Actually the black and white and the quotes may go as far back as the Mary Engelbreit influence on me in the late 80's and early 90's. I have always been a fan of Sister Parrish and more recently of the fabrics of Susan Sargent and the art of Thomas McKnight. I realize it really isn't all that random. All of these artists use exuberant colors, mixed prints, and a playful style.
Yesterday I made what was supposed to be a quick stop at Barnes and Nobel. That really is an oxymoron because there is really no such thing as a quick stop at B and N. I went in to pick up a couple of magazines and ended up back in the crafts and home decor section. That is where I ran across this great book.
They say you can't tell a book by it's cover, but I knew from this colorful photograph that I was going to fall in love with this one. Just look at that pillow! Kim Parker is not a trained artist - another reason I am drawn to her. In fact she is actually an accomplished flutist. Her colorful designs, though, have been incorporated into rugs, dishes and prints. This book is full of contemporary floral prints that will be a great resource for color combinations and design inspiration. If you are a fan of bright color you will want to check this out.