Design Challenge Five: Jessica Pollak

Primary Pattern: Fields of Fortune, 12″ x 12″

Primary Pattern: Fields of Fortune, Detail

Secondary Pattern: Dustbowl, 12″ x 12″

Secondary Pattern: Dustbowl, Detail

I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this month’s challenge would be flea market inspired! One of my favorite things about living in New England is the fabulous selection of vintage furniture and home goods. A lot of our furniture is rescued from the street or given to us by family members. My boyfriend’s Mom found this amazing block that was used for some sort of printmaking. I love seeing it on our table everyday. The lettering is so beautiful and the block has such a great sense of history and handmade quality.

As far as the challenge goes, I started doing research right away on some of my favorite flea market finds. I looked at vintage tea towels, metal lawn furniture, chunky bakelite jewelry and also depression era glass for inspiration. One of my favorite pieces of vintage glassware is our lemon reamer. It’s both functional and beautiful!

I thought the colors, decorative patterns and transparency of the depression glass would be a good jumping off point for my designs. I started by sketching the simple shapes and designs from the glassware. Next I moved them around overlapping them to create more intricate shapes. I wanted my patterns to reference vintage patterns and use analogous colors to create a transparency effect.

I had such a fun time playing with the shapes in “Field of Fortune” pattern that I came up with four secondary patterns I like! I had a tough time deciding which to submit, but ultimately I chose “Dustbowl” in the blue color way. I thought the organic shapes and monochromatic palette are a nice compliment to the geometric symmetry of the first pattern. I’ll definitely have my other patterns up on my blog. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for this round and who makes it to the final! Thanks again to my friends and family for voting for me! I really hope I make it to the final round.

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