Art Deco Inspiration

I love entering the weekly fabric contest on Spoonflower.  I especially love it lately because I have been challenging myself by using my own artwork and working on my surface design skills.

I took an original portrait design and used it in the ART DECO theme contest.

The contest required us to only use four colors, so this is the design colors that I chose for my submission.

I have always loved the Art Deco period and especially those magnificent Vogue magazines.  the 1920's was an amazing Fashion design era.  After all this was the era of Coco Chanel.

Coco Chanel said:

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.  Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."

I think that this is especially true of the Art Deco period.  The art, music and fashion was so amazing.  One of the reasons that I love the movie, Midnight in Paris is that I can so identify with the character played by Owen Wilson.  Truly the people he met were among my favorite authors, writers and performers.

The above design is the one I submitted.  She is called ART DECO MAGAZINE 1923.  I actually ended up creating so many different versions because it was so much fun.  But this one and the full color version, which I called ART DECO FASION MAGAZINE, I put into my fabric gallery.

This contest will run the first week of February.  I just designed something for next week's contest, which is Grafitti/Street Art eDition.

Hope you enjoy the music.  I thought this post deserved a little bit of Cole Porter.  You Do Something To Me.
Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU ARE ON A ROLL!!! My goodness this is full of bright and perfect colors here Karen!!! LOVELY! Anita

Cinner said...

Karen I love it and I loved the quote about the sky is fashion and everywhere around, had not really thought of that before. I have never seen that movie either so will put it
on my list. I was sorry to find out that picnik is closing, thats where I loved to do any editing. Thanks again for suggesting that. Now I feel I will be lost without it. Good luck with the contest. Have a fabulous week.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

This is just all so amazing to me...and what talent you have. I need to take time to research and learn some of this...even if I never do it..this is so interesting!!

Love this.

Vee said...

Looks fantastic. Such a highly stylized creation and you used wonderful colors. Love your magazine so much I want to read it! ☺

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I love the Art Deco Magazine! You are so creative Karen.

I too loved Midnight in Paris. It was so fun seeing favorite artists and authors presented that way.

posts said...

Hi Karen,

It's Jesse from 1920s Fashion & Music.

This is a wonderful print, thanks for the dose of inspiration today.