Luna Maré means sea of the moon in Latin – this pattern celebrates the otherworldly nature of the deep sea and its inhabitants. Squids are creatures that are revered and feared in Japanese and Western culture, and have acted as the inspiration for sea monsters and gods alike.
Temari are a traditional Japanese craft made from scraps of silk, usually from old kimonos. Their intricate embroidery earns them recognition as a fine art form. In this pattern, vibrant temari balls dance between waves of the sea. Branches of pink coral swirl between the currents, creating a beautiful sense of fluidity and grace.
Project: Illustration for Wide Sargasso Sea, a novel by Jean Rhys.
Description: Antoinette Mason is a woman originally from Brontë’s Jane Eyre, where she is portrayed as a violent madwoman locked in an attic by her husband. Nearly a hundred years later, Rhys gives Antoinette her own back story in Wide Sargasso Sea. In this portrait, Antoinette is shown in the manner that her husband perceives her: tempestuous to the point of monstrosity.
Project: Children’s book for older kids and adolescents.
Description: Dr. Mister Scientist is an epic tale of revenge, machines, and sheer madness set in 1880’s Victorian England (with 1980’s anachronisms.) The saga begins when Dr. Mister Scientist is rejected from the Royal Society of Science by his arch nemesis, Professor Winklebaum III. His initial reaction is to listen to Joy Division and abandon science altogether- until his 11-year old daughter, Frida, tells him to suck it up and “fight the man”. Together, they embark on a quest to invade London with a gigantic angler fish submarine named Batholomew, and drive members of the Royal Society of Science mad with 80’s music.
Project: Illustrate and design a book jacket for Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.
Description: Flowers for Algernon tells the story of a mentally disabled man named Charly who is given an experimental treatment to give him a higher IQ. His progress mirrors that of a mouse named Algernon, and poses questions such as the link between intelligence and happiness, and the treatment of the mentally disabled. The flowers in this cover form a Rorschach test, one of the tests consistently given to Charly to measure his progress.
Project: Illustrate and design a book jacket for Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
Description: Slaughterhouse Five tells the story of a Billy Pilgrim, an American soldier and POW during World War II, who is forced to bury corpses after the firebombing of Dresden. The shattering of reason and perception is a key theme in the book, demonstrated by time-hopping vignettes of the protagonist’s life and his claim that he was abducted by aliens after the war. An optometrist by trade, Billy’s glasses are broken during the abduction, acting as a symbol for his broken sense of time perception, and the broken rationality of humankind as a whole.
Seaweed forms beautiful mirrored arrangements on the Adria Crop Top, creating a pattern that is rich with swirling, delicate lines. The detailed nature of the plants brings to mind vintage scientific reference guides, or the organic forms found in Victorian era wallpaper.
Pattern Width: 13" | Material: Silky Faille | Color: Aqua
Project: Cover illustration for The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
Description: The Metamorphosis is a short story by Franz Kafka about a young man who wakes up one morning, only to find that he has been transformed into a beetle. Kafka’s story is a key work in the realm of literary surrealism and absurdism. This cover shows bug’s wings surrounding the head of the main character, who is turned away from the viewer as a reference to Magritte’s self portrait, a famous surrealist painter.
Kikuri means chrysanthemum in Japanese. In Japanese culture, chrysanthemums are seen as a flower that represents fortune and rebirth; the flower can be found on the royal seal, and is featured prominently in traditional art. In Western culture, chrysanthemums represent death. These opposite interpretations are quite striking, but also have similar meanings, as death entails rebirth. In the Kikuri Crop Top, chrysanthemums bloom around trellises of vines, while buds around them wilt and bloom.
Pattern Width: 9.2" | Material: Silky Faille | Color: Teal, Seafoam
Project: Illustration for an article about tide pools
Description: Tide pools are microscopic views of the ocean, glimpses of a secret world usually hidden from the eye. They create a magical sense of intimacy with the observer, and are critical in studies pertaining to sea life ecosystems.
Project: Spread for BBC Magazine commemorating the anniversary of the atomic bombings.
Description: Shinji Mikamo, survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, recalls his haunting experiences after the initial blast and the loss of his father, who guided him to safety. Mikamo describes his journey though grief and anger, and how he eventually found forgiveness. Mikamo and his father are walking through a torii gate (a gate between life and death in Shinto religion), showing their passage from the land of the dead back to the land of the living.
Project: Illustration for The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.
Description: Poe’s short story paints the narrator as having a deceptive and manipulative nature. His two-faced persona and plotting allows him to enact a chilling act of revenge against a man who had slighted him.
Ginkgo trees are revered for their beauty both in the eastern and western worlds. In Japan, a stylized ginkgo leaf serves as the official crest for the city of Tokyo. In this pattern, luminous leaves spread out against a midnight blue sky, with their forms burning fiery figures in the dark.
Pattern Width: 15" | Material: Cotton Sateen | Color: Mulberry, July
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Project: Create a poster that shows the importance of women in computer science.
Description: In recent times, there has been a push to encourage more women and girls to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM fields). Seeing role models that are female inspires girls to pursue their interests in the field, and lets them feel like their dreams of being a revolutionary engineer are possible. This poster features seven women who made great advancements in the field of computer engineering, and shows that some of humankind’s greatest achievements would not have been possible without their contributions.