Aalto, Broadhurst and Kusama Prints-pirations!

The Alvar Aalto print caught my eye

The Alvar Aalto siena print in this shop window really caught my eye whilst I was out of town. I adore classic designs that stand the test of time.

I’m a massive fan of Florence Broadhurst and was delighted when an Australian friend sent me her biography last Christmas after hearing of my screenprinting stint at Central Saint Martins. The book was a visual delight and I instantly recognised the designs splashed across the Kate Spade window displays when I was in New York this spring.  I’ve spotted the original wallpaper designs from the 60s and 70s on many book covers of late too.   I just loved reading of her extraordinary life, reinventions and travels which influenced her designs.  Bold, vibrant and
still appealing today. That’s what I aspire to create.

florence broadhurst

Florence and Yayoi both favour bright hair in their later years.

I’m also halfway through reading the autobiography of the fabulous Yayoi  Kusama, which gives some insight as to why she’s chosen voluntarily to live in an institution since 1977.  I loved, loved, loved her retrospective at the Tate Modern earlier this year and her unmissable Louis Vuitton collaboration which is everywhere right now.  Lucky New Yorkers can catch the touring retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art before the end of September.

I’ve been meaning to have my portrait done again and have been in discussions regarding a Kusama inspired shoot.  I’m itching to get back into the screenprinting studio too – so watch this space…

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