Monday, May 20, 2013

It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

Before I get to the main subject of this post, I want to say a big heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who voted for my Geek Chic design in the Fabric8 contest! All of the 100 semi-finalist entries were amazing, so I am honored to be in the Top 8.


The past few days I poked my head above the water of the ocean that is Geek Chic coordinates to take a quick breath and design something completely different for this week's Spoonflower contest: Mod Wallpaper. When I hear those two words together, I immediately think of flowing geometric designs from the '70s, in oranges and yellows...remember when groovy wallpaper was even printed with silver foil, so some of the elements were mirror-like? But 'mod' can also refer to the mod culture of the '60s, with coffee bars and jazz...and even perhaps a bit in line with Midcentury Modern and TV's "Mad Men".

There is a specific 'rule' in this contest: Use only three colors, and optional black OR white. I had an idea of the motif I wanted to do and tried it in more of a late-'60s, early-'70s color palette and style, but found that it worked better using a more late-'50s, early'60s palette. I chose GOLD (D49F11), PINK (E9B8A7), and GRAY (C8C6C5), with the optional BLACK. One thing I love about the computer is the ability to try different orientations and palettes in just one or two clicks. The final pattern I chose was not at all what I had originally envisioned, and I love that! Although now that I think about it, having so many options can also make it difficult to choose a favorite.

I think there will be a wide variety of patterns in this contest, as the term 'mod' can be interpreted so many different ways, but I can't wait to see them all! You can vote for your favorites starting Thursday, May 23, 2013, here.

Above: Choosing a color palette. I will probably do all of them eventually--which one is your favorite?

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