Purchase tickets to the May 27th IFDA Take A Seat auction to bid on these creative seats designed by 26 talented designers…Lane Adeoye, Michael Arguello, Allison Bassen, Carly Bassen, Jonathan Bressler, Jerry Caldari, Cliff Young Intern Team, Gregory Cramer, Iris Dankner & Christopher Hyland, Banessa DeLeon, Nancy Fire, Patricia Fox, Stacey Garcia, Jan Girard, Barry Goralnick, Lorraine Gordon, Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke, Kennifer Mack & Lindsey Smith, Karim Rashid, Esther Sadowsky, Tamara Stephensos & Susan Young, Team Habitat for Humanity, Sara & Moncef Touijer, KathArine Wood, James Rixner & Catherine Wright, Sara Yengle.
Back in December we mentioned a few fun things you could do in NYC over the holidays, one of which was the Matisse cut out show at the Museum of Modern Art.
Matisse called his cut outs “painting with scissors”. He began using this technique after he was diagnosed with cancer. He felt that what in this period of his life constituted his real self; free & liberated. The experimentation with cut-outs offered Matisse innumerable opportunities to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment. As he was bedridden with his illness much of the time he was able to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment: “I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk… There are leaves, fruits, a bird.”
Matisse would cut pieces of paper that he had painted with gouache using a small pair of scissors. He would keep the piece he cut and the scraps for use later. His assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, would then pin the pieces to the walls with is guidance.
His cutouts, vast in scale (though not always in size), lush and rigorous in color, are among the most admired and influential works of his entire career. They belong with the grandest affirmations of the vital creative force in Western art.
Not only did one of our designers, Selina, go see this wonderful show, she was so inspired she used the same technique to with her own artwork. She spent an entire day making these wonderful examples, “you should see the mess I made on my work table,” she said with a smile.
First Step is your Inspiration.
Everyone needs an ottoman or stool. It’s a very useful accessory for the home. I found some ottomans/ stools on Etsy and at WorldMarket pictured below.
Next Step is to find the PRINT & PATTERN
You can purchase designs on our online gallery at Design Works International and then have it printed digitally at First2Print, our sister company. They have a variety of fabrics you can choose from. You can also have your own custom design printed at First2Print.
These designs below are currently available for purchase:
Now It’s time to assemble your PRODUCT.
I already had an ottoman at home,so I decided to change out the solid fabric for an updated PRINT & PATTERN fabric. Below is a simple How-To for upholstering your ottoman.
One afternoon and a DIY project to show for it!!