A Word of Advice

as seen at Surtex.com

NANCY FIRE, Design Works International, New York City:  
“The best advice I have ever been given was ‘to stay true to yourself’ and ‘believe in your talent.’
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That’s important advice because when you are in an industry that is ‘hyper creative’ you can really lose your sense of self.  If you lose these qualities, you lose your passion, and without passion, I feel that my day would be about just existing, not creating!”

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Happy Harvest… in all shapes and sizes!

Did you know that “Gourds” are part of the plant family called Cucurbitaceae. The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells and even some without!
The bottle gourd, one of the earliest known gourd species, dates back to 13,000 BC and has even been discovered in archaeological sites. It has served many purposes throughout history including tools, musical instruments and objects of art. Many artisans today use gourds as their artistic medium and carve and paint them. Some even use as them drums to make music and even bird houses!
We love that gourds come in all shapes and sizes as well as amazing colors and patterns… no two are alike which means they are truly “one of a kind”… like each designer and their designs.
So next time you look at these beautiful “sculptures from nature” we hope that you too can appreciate their uniqueness from a designers standpoint! Happy Thanksgiving!
photo by Nancy Fire

photo by Nancy Fire

The Harlem Meer in Central Park

Located on the Northeast corner of Central Park at 110 Street and 5th Ave  is the Harlem Meer which was built in 1861 and restored between 1983-93.

The word “Meer” is Dutch for lake which is home to The Charles A Dana Discovery Center that was built in a Victorian style to emulate the original Victorian structures of Central Park.

The waterside plaza that sits next to the discovery center is used from mid-June through September for Sunday afternoon performance festivals….and good to know that if you like to fish you can participate in the catch and release program that is a summertime favorite for many in NYC!

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photo by Nancy Fire

 

Trend Board Tuesday – Landscape

At Design Works International we love creating trend boards that inspire us in the studio to create beautiful prints, patterns and trend lifestyle.

Landscape is a romantic watercolor story that is rich in technique and style. Tones of purples and blues are combined to create prints that are inspired by nature.

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Street Art in NYC

NYC is truly the center of the creative universe; amazing museums, film festivals, concerts, Broadway shows. One of the wonders of NYC is wherever you look there is some sort of art to inspire you. Just this morning, walking to our studio this morning I was greeted by this great “graphic graffiti” inspired truck… great inspiration to start the week.

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25 Years In… And We Still Hand Paint

We are getting in the spirit a little early this year with our HAND PAINTED Holiday Collections. Twenty-five years ago, Design Works International started as a hand paint design studio. The brush and pencil were the tools of the day. Now, technology has affected every aspect of our lives, including what we do here and we are PROUD to say that we are still hand painting many of our designs.

Whether you are influenced by classical or modern artists, being able to create traditionally is essential. From the Cubist portraits by Picasso and Salvador Dali’s Surrealist creations  at The Museum of Modern Art, we look to the brush for inspiration.

The Metropolitan Museum of art just opened their exhibit “Madame Cezanne” to showcase the artist’s most painted model. While at the Met we can also find John Singer Sargent’s most important works as well, which include an extensive collection of gorgeous watercolors.

copyright© 2014 Design Works International

copyright© 2014 Design Works International

Throwback Thursday – 2013 Holiday Card Photo Session

A Glimmer of “Book Hope”

Book Culture, an independent bookstore in New York City, announced its plan to open a third location at 450 Columbus Ave. They hope to connect with the neighborhood and drum up excitement to meet its yearly sales goal. Chris Doeblin, the owner of Book Culture, has invited Upper West Siders to “Post It” graffiti so they can write their feelings about having a neighborhood bookstore. They’re trying to get the  community involved and committed to support this independent bookstore!

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