This post is part of the blog hop called Tropical Fusion, organized by surface pattern designer Mary Tanana, from Groovity Designs. The beautiful logo was created by artist Lisa Rivas, and the blog hop has the participation of 45 designers. You’re probably arriving here after visiting Ludmilla Adams’ blog. Ludmila is the creator of Fashionchalkboard, where she trains creative people in illustrator and photoshop. She started discovering her passion for creating patterns while she was working as a lingerie designer. We are all pattern lovers, regardless of our backgrounds.
In case you’re new here, my name is Bethania, I am a brazilian surface pattern designer, living in Santiago, Chile. I am a pattern and colour lover, trying hard to earn a living out of this career. At least I love making patterns… And I love when my patterns are applied to home decor items, making people feel at home. That´s my goal!
Tropical Fusion is the theme chosen for this blog hop and Pantone’s Radiant Orchid, the colour. Because I am Brazilian, and because I don’t feel comfortable with oversimplified ways of seeing the tropical world, it became a bit hard for me to find a way of handling the subject. First I had a good look at snapshots I have been taking. They can partially be seen at this board in Pinterest. But then I did what I do quite frequently while working, I mean, I went to YouTube to listen to some great music. This time, instead of Bach or Jazz, I listened to Brazilian music, that I also love. I am very proud of the brazilian music. Once I heard Tom Jobim’s Stone Flower and Marisa Monte’s and Paulinho da Viola Dança da Solidão, I knew I should come out with a visual approach that represents my vision on the tropical fusion, without worrying too much about clichés.
I focused on what tropical means to me. It means light, a strong, intense, powerful light. That generates shadows. Fresh shadows where the breeze is welcome. It means colour. Colour bathed in light, with many and diverse greens touches. And it means exuberance, expressed in shapes, in sizes, in sounds. So, here is my Tropical Fusion take. I named this small collection Radiant Tom.
Before you go, let me tell you that for me one of the best contemporary expressions of Brazil’s visual arts is Beatriz Milhazes. She is a well known artist. Her name came to my mind while I was listening to Marisa Monte’s music. The first time I came across B. Milhazes’ work was on the cover of Universo ao Meu Redor, one album of M. Monte. I love how associations are established, don´t you? For me, Milhazes’ work is very tropical and very cosmopolitan at the same time. If you have the time, don’t miss this short video, in which she talks about her work.
Hope you had fun. Make sure you visit Life is Crafty blog next. That’s Nandita Sigh’s blog. Nandita is a surface pattern designer from India. Yeah, we´re taking over the world with our patterns! Well, at least we are all over the world, that´s for sure. Nandita´s work is colourful and inspiring. And she is a prolific professional, selling digital patterns at Etsy (visit her shop) and Society6, for instance.
If you have only just found our Blog Hop, pop on over to Groovity’s post where you can get started and join in the fun! Thank you for stopping by and thank you Mary Tanana, for all the great work you´ve done to make this blog hop come live! A special thanks to Lisa Rivas, for the beautiful and inspiring logo.