Saturday, September 23, 2006

I love pattern

For several decades I hated pattern. I turned up my nose to anything with a dot or a little stripe. I only wore black. Perhaps it was my art student mentality, or the fact that I had to wear PLAID for 12 years. (Yes, I was in Catholic school). Give me a good set of monochromatic solids and I was a happy camper.

Growing up in the 80's I felt like an outcast. There was pattern everywhere, assaulting my eyes with polka dots and lace, patterned leather. Even big frosted hairstyles were sprayed in different colors and patterns using stencils and the like.

A college friend of mine told me her "interview outfit" was an crazy mix of blue and white check, stripe and polka dot. "Then," she said, "after I put it on, if I haven't thrown up yet, I put on the dotted stockings and polka dot shoes."

It wasn't until a stint as a textile librarian in a decorator showroom that I truly began to appreciate that the "clever little stripe" or that "funky pattern" really looked good together. So now I can't seem to help myself from mixing this pattern with that.

Like this card. If there were more room I'm sure I could stick in a couple more patterns.

P.S. Here is a peek at the new collection currently only available at a stamp store near you. Go and bug them to check into it.


Shauna said...

I feel comfortable mixing paper patterns and colors but not so much as in fashion. As long as it's in a similiar palette, it's do-able and very fun.

toners said...

I am becoming a little more brave about mixing patterns; it's tough to convert, though! When companies come up with sets which you can mix and match, that definitely helps.

Toni :)


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