Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Chevron / On being flighty



I'm having a bit of a chevron moment. You know I love stripes. But there is something about chevron, it's so dynamic.

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I've been considering the year ahead work-wise. I always feel like I should have a more cohesive collection, so my work feels more like a brand and it's more instantly recognisable. But I'm flighty. I do like to mix it up. When I am doing more graphic work, I miss the roughness of painting wood, cutting and sticking. And when I'm only doing that, I think I should be designing patterns. Truth be told I want to do both. But does that make me a jack of all trades and a master of none?

16 comments:

  1. Love those chevrons, especially for their haphazardness and textures! (Maybe one hand could do patterns and the other cutting and sticking?)
    : )

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  2. Well I disagree! I think your work IS instantly recognisable. I couldn't necessarily put my finger on it exactly but anyway, surely one is allowed to grow and change and move direction as an artist?

    I am equally loving a chevron. And a semicircle. And an oval. And now, new today, pentagons. Let's face it, I'm all about the 2D shape at the moment.

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  3. Ps, I have pinned this - hope you don't mind, will remove if so : )

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  4. No not all all! I think the most interesting Etsy shops are the ones where you can see someone is into lots of things and have lots of ways of expressing themselves.

    I'd love to see you combine the two, painted chevrons or stripes? Or collaging transparent materials? Could be yummers xx

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  5. i understand the feelings you have re: graphic vs more organic work. and the need to find/maintain a recognizable identity, yet still do what you like AND seem competent at all of it!

    from what i see, you do all things well. don't be afraid. enjoy!

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  6. Love that chevron pattern! I think you should keep it varied - to get too brand-obvious can get dull - I mean I like Orla Kely, but it's getting ubiquitous....

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  7. you are all lovely, thank you. i get myself into a pickle sometimes.
    flora, you made me laugh, semi circles - also 'yummers' as anna would say!
    i sometimes feel like i should be progressing, as a business. but it's very hard with the 20 month old destroyer that is gus, running around the house. blissful chick is right. i shall just enjoy! xxx

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  8. >>>>>yummers!>>>>>
    love that word and your chevrons, such fabby colours. just keep doing what you're doing, don't over think it i say x.

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  9. No no no! Why on earth would you want to be a brand? Leave branding to the franchises, Francesca! ;) The freshness and variations in your designs are what keeps everything so interesting. LOVE the chevron - you may not see it but it's very 'you'. You have your own style in everything you do. And coming from a committed jack of all trades and master of none, that's where the fun is! :)) Kx

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  10. Embrace your eclecticism! Much more fun to mix it up. The thing which prevents you being a jack of all trades is the obvious quality of what you produce. And I love those chevrons.

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  11. Not at all. It makes you a multi-disciplinary artist.

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  12. thanks for such supportive comments. x

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  13. I know exactly how you feel. I have this same dilemma all the time. I admire artists that have a distinctive style but like you I love to experiment and try new things constantly. I wonder if it comes from my graphic design background when I had to adapt to the brief I was given or if I am just fickle! Great chevrons by the way.

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  14. Loving the chevrons too, and I completely agree with everything everyone has said! I love your style...I like that you do what comes naturally. xx

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  15. just surfing through your blog and was struck by this post! feel exactly this way a lot of the time ~ especially the part about thinking/missing the bit that i'm not working on at the time. . .
    is it a time shortage issue? i dream of doing half/half when i get the school week to work ~ hopefully being able to hop towards the interest.
    i love your designs, especially this one and the cirlces :)

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