Cityscape

07.09.2016 § Leave a comment

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I have always admired the serenity and pureness of nature.  As soon as my husband and I were finished with our schooling, we immediately moved to the quiet, spacious suburbia; never understanding ones desire to move to the big city. Many years and experiences later, my perception of city life began to shift and eventually (to my surprise) began to influence my work as a designer.

On one particular sales trip to Manhattan, I walked…a lot.  While traveling amongst the noisy hustle and bustle of traffic, I stumbled upon a little wild flower rooted next to a wrought iron gate. The graceful flower was rising from a crack in the concrete, pushing its way toward the clear blue sky.  The juxtaposition of the cement, the wrought iron and the plant created a texture that brought a smile to my face for the rest of the day.  The peaceful experience made the echoes from city streets dissipate; leaving only the beautiful composition in my memory.  From that day forward, I gained a different perspective of the urban environment and the magnificence held within it.

Then I began to travel.  I was able to travel longer and more freely after my obligations of parenthood and elderly care were fulfilled.  I discovered the joy of experiencing different cities, architecture, bridges, public transportation, vegetation, people, as well as cultures from around the world. I took photos, doodled, sketched, took notes, and made plans to enjoy outings with friends from different cities.  I now fully understand the attraction society has to live within a metropolis.

Drawing inspiration from the energy and graphics of the urban landscape, the 18 new patterns in the fall 2016 Cityscape collection depict my experiences from the eccentric life of the big city.

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Boulevard 4568

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Metropolis 4569Cityscape 4564Boulevard 4568

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Solstice 5815

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Boomtown 4564Metropolis 4569

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Junction 6531 Lexingtion 4221Lumen 1305 Essanay 8220Selfridge 8940

Quote of the Day ~ 9

05.04.2016 § Leave a comment

“Traveling a million miles is greater than studying for ten years.”

In traditional Chinese culture the importance of experience is of greater value than any other form of education.

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Sturgeon Bay

11.06.2015 § Leave a comment

How fun! These fish were swimming all around Sturgeon Bay when I visited over Memorial Day weekend. I had to take pictures.

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Grey Cat

11.02.2015 § Leave a comment

My sister-in-law adopted a stray cat that is very shy. I visited her house during Christmas and saw the cat for the first time. She had beautiful, grey fur that was the perfect color inspiration I was looking for. So I took a close up picture.

close up pictures of grey cat

Phoenix Origin

10.10.2014 § Leave a comment

I wonder if the Chinese saw birds like these and were so fascinated that they created the legendary phoenix? In Western legend, the phoenix looked more like an eagle—or a swan? The Chinese phoenix sometimes also had an eagle-like head, but the wings and tails were more like a peacock or pheasant. Maybe there really was a bird like that, but it went extinct like the dinosaurs? Otherwise, how did both the East and West develop a similar legend?

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Ota, Japan

18.09.2014 § Leave a comment

In Japan, my sister and I visited the hot spring place called Ota. Ota is in the countryside and was beautiful. It’s well known for its miso too, so we had miso ice cream there, and it was delicious! « Read the rest of this entry »

One-Man Theater

09.09.2014 § Leave a comment

One-Man Theater

On the day we visited Kiyomize temple, the temperature was sizzling. At the entrance of the temple, there was a man, a one-man theater, passionately acting out his play. I was very touched by his passion for theater and stood there watching him for a long time. « Read the rest of this entry »

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