Guest Blog written by Ariel Hahn- Liz Fields Intern
On Tuesday I had the fabulous opportunity to go to two textile/surface design market shows: Direction by Indigo joined by Première Vision Preview New York and PrintSource. Walking in to one of these shows can be overwhelming to the eye at first; there is color and pattern everywhere! The rooms are filled with design collections from around the world. We spent time wandering and feasting our eyes on everything from exquisite lace, and vintage textiles, to whimsical patterns, and delicate florals.
An interesting thing that the Premiervision exhibit did was to break the exhibitors down by 4 groups of “style universe.” So for example “Seduction” encompassed embroidery, lace and other luxurious fabrics. “Relax” had fabrics such as denim, cotton, and so on. We found that “Seduction” in particular had some beautiful fabrics for us to keep in mind here at Liz Fields.
From looking around, a lot of people seem to be predicting that a major trend in surface design is going to be tribal inspiration. I certainly hope that is true because I really enjoy the way designers are reinventing them. The brighter colors that appeared here and the use of scale gave these designs a playful vibe. With bold Ikat prints, high contrast geometric repeats, and animal skin inspired prints, the energy coming from these fabrics could not be ignored.
Another trend I noticed was a lot of florals. This, in general would be no surprise. However, the way the studios chose to stylize their florals is what was interesting. While there was an appearance of subtle delicate floral designs, there seemed to be a bigger turn towards the brushed and watercolor inspired effects in the florals, a theme I found myself particularly attracted too.
(Photos via www.patternpeople.com)
This same watercolor sensibility appeared in many fabrics other fabrics as beautifully purely abstracted fields of color texture pattern as well. Along those lines, another favorite abstract trend I noticed were fabrics that appeared to have been marbleized in both jewel and subdued tones.
Overall if was a truly inspiring day! Bring on the sketching!