Designers are notorious for having their “head in the clouds”. It’s inherent to who we are to believe that the impossible is possible, and to look for solutions that aren’t immediate or obvious. Simply put…we’re dreamers. For this challenge, we were told to let our imaginations soar, so my attention turned toward the idea of dreams.
While I was designing, I was thinking of waking dreams, particularly at this point in my life. With graduation behind me, I’m attempting a career shift and starting a freelance design business…exciting and uncertain things. “Up in the Air” couldn’t be a better description for me and how I feel right now.
My first print is called “Dream catcher”. Feathers have been popular lately and I wondered why I haven’t seen them in combination with the dream catcher form. The design of the webbing is a circular pattern that is recurring in nature and incredibly beautiful. A few man-made occurrences of this form that I can think of are the pattern on the pavers in Piazza del Campidoglio near the Roman Forum and the BP Logo.
Quite early on in the process, I knew I wanted to incorporate the dream catcher form somehow. It’s not a dominant element in my final print, but that’s OK. It was a point of inspiration that led me to more.
“Dream catcher” contains an assortment of abstracted bird-like elements that move in and out of space, swirling along dark clouds in the night sky. Feather and bead-like forms radiate around the dream catcher motif. I decided on a darker background because I often feel thoughtful and quiet when looking at the night sky. Doing so always gives me perspective and makes me think “big”.
The coordinate to “Dream catcher” is named “Aiming High”. It’s a smaller scale print that was developed from one of the many elements found in “Dream catcher”. The Native American Art influence is more apparent in this print. It’s a modern, geometric print that is strongly impacted by changes of color. Even though it’s a set repeat, it generates some interesting optical movement vertically. It’s a good compliment to “Dream catcher”, which is more of a scattered, freeflowing print.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Shoot for the moon…If you miss, you’ll land in the stars.” I hope “Dream Catcher” and “Aiming High” got you thinking about your dreams…hold on to them and keep working hard to catch them!