Recently, my neighbor Nancy and I decided it was time to exchange phone numbers. As usual, we got to talking. I invited her into the condo and shared the designs I was working on.
A few days later, I arrived home to find this striking book, with a gorgeous red and white flower pattern screen printed on the textile cover. It had an embossed/UV coated belly band in lipstick-red copy titled, "Florence Broadhurst, Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives."
Besides the book being incredibly aesthetically appealing, the title had me hooked. I opened it immediately. As I was perusing the pages of insane wallpaper patterns on my front balcony, Nancy walked by. "Hope you like it," she said. I thanked her and snuck in to my condo for a closer look.
LIKE IT would be an understatement.
When I refer to the ripple—that each one of us can be—Nancy's thoughtfulness was a testament to it. Beyond my gratitude for her generosity, the content of this book was SO inspiring, that it led to a serious "Aha!" moment.
I thought back to a conversation I had with my friend Jennifer Jackman, who, along with her husband, Terry Ribera, started Tigerama Publishing and Terry Ribera's Remington Tattoo Parlor. We've been encouraging one another and sharing resources and inspiration as we've ventured into the social media and blogospheres to promote our businesses. One day, I was struggling with clearly defining my focus. She asked me, "What's your thing?"
After reading the story of this incredibly interesting woman, Florence Broadhurst, and seeing the intricacies of the wallpaper patterns she created, it was apparent—I am completely and utterly drawn to patterns.
From there, I started experiencing serendipitous connections.
I learned, shortly thereafter, that the fantastic "bat" wallpaper, Elysium Fields (that Jen shared with me previously), was created by Flavor Paper, which just so happens to be owned by a friend-of-a-good-friend. Then, days later, they were featured on fab.com, which I had recently signed up for.
I think not. ;~)
So, get used to the patterns people! It's my thing and you'll be seeing it in everything we do. And if you know another patternaholic like myself, send them our way for a follow and to share the inspiration.
And... don't forget to BE A RIPPLE.