I fell deep into the archives of Elza Sunderland's textile designs on LACMA.com's online collection. I just couldn't resist posting more of her work. Most of these are from the 40s and 50s. I'll post a roundup of her floral and geometrics designs over the weekend, I hope you enjoy!
have a nice weekend!
*how good are the colors on the beachy design? and that ferret (?) print is crazy in the best way.
every month we send out a newsletter with color inspiration, swatch of the month and other fun things like what we're listening to and what galleries we want to visit. It's also a good way to know when we will be in your area if you are ever in need of a vintage swatch or two.
Elza was born in Hungary, educated in New York and was highly involved in the apparel industry in LA in the 40's and 50s.
I recently came across Elza's work while trolling the digital archives of the LACMA museum. Her body of textile design is extensive (over 2,000 designs in her nearly 40 year career), I encourage you to go take a look. I'm a sucker for a good conversational print and her designs have lots of fun ones.
I have a couple upcoming posts lined up to share some of my favorites from her body of work.
this past weekend Missi and I hosted a spring flower social. we thought it would be fun to get together with friends and arrange flowers and eat food (everyone's gotta eat, right?). we went up earlier in the day to the LA Flower Market and bought lots of pretty flowers. if you live in the LA area it definitely worth a trip. lots of fun stuff to choose from! we also got a little crafty and made little vases for our arrangements. some wrapped their vases in different color twine (loved the neon string), fabric and ribbon. oh, and of course spray paint was involved.
brian also took some amazing photos of the arrangements that I'll post later on today...a part II if you will.
well done ladies! a successful start to spring.
*I grabbed some images from instagram accounts. hope you don't mind! :)
Leo Lionni (1910-1999) was a Dutch born artist. During the beginnings of WWII, he left Europe for New York. Without formal training in design, he landed a job at a top advertising agency, N. W. Ayer & Son and became one of America's top art directors. During his professional career at the ad agency he coined the slogan "Never underestimate the power of a woman", used in Ladies Home Journal and pushed for new and exciting imagery commissioning Alexander Calder, Saul Steinberg, Willem de Kooning and the young Andy Warhol. After retiring on his 50th birthday, he moved to Italy to pursue his own creative interests.
I'm always on the lookout for cute children's gifts to give friends with kids. Leo illustrated a few great books later in his life and Swimmy and Little Blue and Little Yellow are two of my favorites.
Many of you may already be aware, but Miss Moss does an amazing job of mixing street style photos with famous works of art. I think her approach is so inspiring and fun. (the colors in the first one are great, don't you think?)