Yellow, is it me you’re looking for?

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What you will learn: 3 Fall 2017 trends you should know about!

How long it will take you to read this post: 1 minute & 37 seconds 

Why you should read it: So you can be in the know… duh 

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Good morning. As Hurricane Irma is subsiding into a tropical storm and the people of Houston are beginning to recover from Harvey, we can all take a deep breath and continue in our efforts to help the people affected. With the US being hit by two record breaking hurricanes within a two week span, it is hard to talk about color, print, pattern, trend, and everything else we do everyday in the studio. Hopefully these bright, beautiful trends will make us all feel a little bit better as we let ourselves get wrapped up in something pretty, at least for a minute. That “something pretty” today will be yellow ochre! 

Now that September is fully upon us and New York Fashion will week soon behind us, we can look towards the 2017 Fall trends with ease. Let us take the guess work out of what you will be seeing:

Stripes & Plaids

We are seeing stripes and plaids more and more on the streets & on the runway this fall.

Check out this take on vertical stripes from the Dior Fall 2017 collection along with a few others…

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Hello Clueless! From the 90’s grunge inspired plaid blazers of NYFW to the Italian runway of Ferretti, we are seeing it more and more. Do you have any vintage left that you can pull out the the depths of your closet?

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Mohair Yarn & DIY 

Tactile, chunky, fuzzy, oh my!  We know people love their DIY and we keep seeing mohair yarn used to make beautiful pieces. We have never tried knitting but this makes us want to test it out! Would you?

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Also, we saw this mohair-blend coat by Michael Kors and our heart skipped a beat.

Turmeric

So, food. When thinking of yellow foods, we want to shine a light on something different than bananas and lemons. Turmeric is popping up more and more as an ingredient and these turmeric date balls are anti-inflammatory, lower your risk of heart disease, help treat depression, and help to improve your brain function. Honestly, what is not to love about them?! Plus, they are beautiful, tasty, and easy to make.

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@spinachforbreakfast Turmeric Date Balls

It looks like others are seeing the yellow ochre trend too! For more yellow ochre and trend inspiration, check out our Instagram @designworksinternational.

In the name of Print & Pattern,

DW

Millennial Pink Overload…What will be next?

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What you will learn: How Lavender is taking over Millennial Pink in 2018

How long it will take you to read this post: 2 minutes & 46 Seconds

Why you should read it: You will be fully informed in how Lavender is popping up in fashion, food, & beauty. 

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Millennial pink this, millennial pink that…blah blah blah, we get it. Everyone loves the color – and what is not to love? It looks good on everyone, it’s easy on the eyes, and it can transfer between fashion, textiles, and hard goods seamlessly. But by this point, we’ve been experiencing a bit of Millennial Pink overload and we’re search for something new to cleanse our palettes…

Well, DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The new new, whimsical, serene, and youthful color happens to be… Lavender! …or as some are calling it, “melodramatic purple” or “Frosted Lilac.” We are already seeing this color pop up in fashion, food, and beauty. So without further adieu, lets get started!

FASHION

We already see Lavender creeping in throughout the market place. Our girl J.Lo kicked off the lavender love with her Ralph & Russo gown in February at the Grammys. Just this past week, we saw Versace, Prada, Stella McCartney, Cavalli, Chanel, & Ferretti all showing off their lavender obsession for Resort 2018:

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On a more affordable level, New Balance’s lavender sneakers , Urban Outfitters oversized thermal sweater, and Anthropologie’s adorable elephant backpack for Fall 2017 are making their way to mass consumers.

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It’s also starting to pop up in the celebrity world, ie. Lorde’s dress at the VMA’s:

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FOOD

Just this weekend we explored the Lower East Side of Manhattan and ate a beautiful brunch at Pietro Nolita. We treated ourselves to a cocktail and chose the one with the “house infused lavender vodka,” and boy was it good! Even though it is a pink restaurant, you can see the lavender influence peaking through.

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 3.27.27 PM.pngAlso, why are we not talking about lavender infused ice cream more? This flavor is big in Europe and has started becoming more popular in the US in recent years. If you are in the city, il laborotorio del gelato has some of the best lavender honey ice cream we have ever had!

Vanilla Lavender Limeade. Sounds good right? This recipe has over 500 pins on Pinterest and looks delicious!

BEAUTY

We have seen the metallic grey hair sweep across beauty gurus blogs, but now people are talking “frosted lavender” for their locks. When combining multiple tones of lavender, the diffusion of color adds dimension and luminous streaks to the hair. 

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Homemade lavender honey lip balm has over 2,300 re-pins and looks amazing! Incorporating lavender has never been easier with help of lavender essential oils.

As far as the colors energy goes, Colorstrology by Pantone’s “color of the day” says, “wearing, meditating, or surrounding yourself with Pastel Lavender helps you embrace love. It centers you and allows you to move through your feelings with trust and ease.” Maybe this is what our world is needing a little bit more of right now?

Lavender seems like the natural progression from Millennial Pink and we are excited to see it more readily in the marketplace. We at DW want to keep you on top of #trends and bring awareness to curated, creative, and cool people (just like you, dear reader!) Thanks for checking this out. For more Lavender inspiration, visit our Instagram: @designworksinternational 

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

The Design Works International Mural

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Stop by and see this wonderful work of art created by our friends Tommy Taylor & Will Lawless at Senga Workshop.

 

Hashtags & How to Use Them

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“Use of a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#)to identify messages on a specific topic” is the definition of a hashtag given if you search online. The concept is simple, in fact so simple, sometimes it’s confusing. Just think about what YOU might search for when adding hashtags and simply put the “#” in front of it.

Here are a couple “broad” hashtags. #home #art #textiles. And a few “refined” hashtags. #modernlivingroom #streetart #digitalprintedtextiles. Finally, some specific hashtags. #hgtvhome #keitharing #first2print

As you can see the hashtags all fit within three basic areas, but guide the search to different things. Specific hashtags would be for companies, people, subjects, etc. that people are aware of and would have an audience already. Refined hashtags will help people who are trying to find something a bit more direct. Broad hashtags will give you the largest number of results.

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This beautiful image is an excellent example as it could be tagged with many things; #tile #ethnic #brightcolor #handbpainted #inspiration #quilt #geometric, so this example would be found by lots of searchers. We could then get specific by tagging things like #designworksintl #first2print #fabricdesign #textileinspiration.

So make sure you tag your photos so the right people find them in places like Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can even add our “#designworksintl” hashtag to your images and we could see your images!

Throw Waaaay Back Thursday

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The Cleveland Museum of Art came to us with with this scan.

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It is a tapestry from the Byzantine Era and is over 1100 years old!! It is one of only two examples in the world today. Obviously it is severely damaged. What they wanted to do was recreate a piece, digitally, so the viewer could understand the complete design.

They also had scans of the one other fragment and we were tasked with combining them so that First2Print could print a piece on fabric for display in the museum.

Here is our finished piece. The other fragments coloration was different so we had to adjust the two to work together and we filled in some areas on one side with pieces from the opposite. 

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Here is a link to the piece at the museum, which you can actually order as a print if you are interest.

We can make your work museum quality as well! Visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com for more information.

Design Works International… Our History

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TBT – We are not the king… but we know one!

When the drapes in Elvis’ Jungle Room needed to be replaced, Graceland came to us.

The pattern was recreated by Design Works International and the fabric was printed by First2Print.

If you happen to be in Memphis and stop by to see Graceland, take a selfie in the Jungle room and send it to us!!

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for more information about how we can help you like we helped the King, visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com for more information.

Creativity Everywhere

Taking Back Creativity

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