Keith Haring

We lost a wonderful artist 25 years ago today. His style and approach to art has inspired artists and designers in all different genres. Here we see how he used his style to create allover prints for interiors as well as textiles. Though his style looks playful and fun, he often included strong messages as evidenced in the mural “Crack is Wack” which he did in 1986. that mural is still there and NYC has renamed the park “Crack is Wack Playground.”

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Happy Doodle Day!

Earlier in the week, we kicked of Design Works International Doodle Month because of today!

DOODLE |ˈdo͞odl|

verb [ no obj. ]; scribble absentmindedly: he was only doodling in the margin.

noun; a rough drawing made absentmindedly.

DERIVATIVES

doodler |-d(ə)lər| noun

ORIGIN early 17th cent. (originally as a noun denoting a fool, later as a verb in the sense ‘make a fool of, cheat’): from Low German dudeltopf, dudeldopp ‘simpleton.’ Current senses date from the 1930s.

Though the formal definition of doodle and doodles are lighthearted and fun, sometimes those absentminded scribbles end up as art. Next time you’re on the phone or in front of the television and you find you’ve left your mark on the take out menu or napkin… hold onto it, you never know what it might lead to.

At Design Works we think that doodles can lead to great things. These examples are some odds & ends by our staff of original print artists which end up being gorgeous original prints. We invite you to contact us to see our extensive line of original artwork from artists all over the world, maybe you’ll even recognize a few of these doodles!

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Homemade Soup Day!!

Creativity is not limited to just the visual arts. The designers here at Design Works have been known to dabble in everything from writing to cooking and more. Here is a wonderful Butternut Squash recipe from Christine to keep you warm in the dead of winter. Yummy!

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Prep time – 20 mins           Cook Time – 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 5 cups cubed, peeled & seeded butternut squash
  • 1 large potato, peeled & cubed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

Heat butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add in the green onion, garlic, & cayenne pepper; sauté about 3 minutes. Add the squash, potato, broth, bay leaf and bring to a boilSimmer for about 20 minutes or until the squash & potato are tender. Remove the bay leaf, puree with a hand blender. When finished, salt & pepper to taste if desired.

Enjoy!

February is Doodle Month at Design Works International!!

As Friday February 6th is National Doodle Day (and we are all artists), we are going to extend the fun all month! We want to see your doodles! Any doodle, any media, just add our hashtag #DWdoodleMonth and come March 1st, you could be a winner!
National Doodle Day is about having fun while raising funds to help people whose lives are affected by epilepsy. Since the very first National Doodle Day in 2004, over $375,00 has been raised!
For more information on organising your own event please visit the Doodle Day official website: http://doodle-day.epilepsy.org.uk
To see some wonderful doodles… Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationaldoodleday/photos_stream
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Happy International Fun at Work Day!

We take what we do seriously… but we don’t take ourselves too serious…

Cupcakes in the studio to celebrate International Fun at Work Day!

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And we take our work spaces VERY serious… NOT!

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Cut Out Art

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.

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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.

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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.

SNOW DAY!

We were stranded at home, but we ventured out into the great white tundra… Some images from the previous 24 hours through out the 5 boroughs of New York City.

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Happy Handwriting Day!

Also known as cursive, longhand, script, joined-up writing, joint writing, or running writing has become a dying, if not already lost, handwriting is something that a few of us remember learning vividly. Initially created because of it’s practical advantages of writing speed and infrequent pen lifting to accommodate the limitations of the quill, it has been relegated to it’s use as a method of decorating. Over 40 states currently do not require public schools to teach cursive reading or writing. How many of you remember these sheets from school?

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Fusion of Fashion & Home – Script & Typography. The art of handwriting may not be taught in schools, but the world still embraces it’s use on everything from furniture, to packaging and even skin!

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Our designers use script and typography beautifully. Though we live in a world filled with technology, it all begins with the pencil. Note the sketches on paper and the matching final digital printouts. Some of this work is still available from our collection, contact us if you are interested.

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