SKETCHBOOK DIARIES: HAND PAINTED FABRICS, ROTHKOS, AND MONOCHROMATIC ROOMS.

Hi Everyone! I hope the start of your year has been everything you were hoping for and you are feeling energized and inspired. Our studio has been humming with activity as we work on not one but two collections simultaneously. I know, I know! But sometimes, when inspiration strikes, you just have to go with it. Here are a few things inspiring our work right now.


HAND PAINTED FABRICS


All of our fabrics are currently printed by hand, but we have been looking at other mediums for creating handmade fabrics, particularly, hand-painting.


Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand-painted designs by costume fabric painters Jeff Fender Studio.



Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand-painted fabrics by UK textile artist Melissa White.



Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand Painted Fabric Design

Hand Painted Fabric Design

The traditional Japanese fabric painting technique of Hikizome or "brush-dyeing".



MONOCHROMATIC ROOMS


There are two sides two every story and, at Paola Melendez Casa, we are equally obsessed with print as we are with color. I particularly love the look of a bold monochromatic room.


Blue Monochromatic Room Design

Red Monochromatic Room Design

Black Monochromatic Room Design

Red Monochromatic Room Design

Red Monochromatic Room Design

Purple Monochromatic Room Design

White Monochromatic Room Design

Green Monochromatic Room Design


ROTHKO PAINTINGS


Some of my all-time favorite works of art are Mark Rothko's famous color field paintings. Like many abstract expressionists from his time, Rothko used shapes and colors to evoke specific emotions from the viewer. If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing Rothko's paintings in person, you can attest to their powerful nature. I particularly love the work displayed at the

Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.



Rothko Chapel Houston Texas

Mark Rothko Painting

Mark Rothko Painting

Mark Rothko Painting

Mark Rothko Painting

Mark Rothko Painting


I can't wait to share more of what we have going on in the studio as our collections begin to take shape.


Until then, stay inspired!


xxPaola