Saturday, 7 June 2008

Working 9 - 5: Babushkas

Above: One of my proudest recent moments at work (Seed) was getting to design a set of Babushkas. I drew them up on the computer, rather than painting up a prototype set. Besides being alot quicker, it meant that I could grab colours and motifs from recent fabric designs I had already done. I wanted the babushkas to look like the other products that we had in store -- otherwise there would have been no point to us doing our own version.
Above and below: these photographs are of the one of the first prototypes. They were hand painted by ladies in Russia. Can you imagine?! I wish that I could have been there to watch, learn and perhaps even help them paint a few strokes. I am told that the ladies approved of my design, thinking it unusually simple but pleasing. Or something like that -- it must have sounded more impressive in Russian.

1 comment:

Tracy Yap said...

I love the babushkas and I'd have been thrilled to bits too if a group of lovely Russian ladies I'll never meet made my ideas into reality too.

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