Thursday, July 30, 2009

charley harper

I have been a fan of Charley Harper's work for years. The love affair began when I happened upon some notecards with his bird illustrations on them at a little shop three or four years ago, and I have to say it was love at first sight. Relying on simplified, geometric shapes and a playful color palette, his work looks very fresh and contemporary today, while still retaining a 'mid-century' feel. He has inspired many creatives, notably fashion and interior designer Todd Oldham (who wrote a wonderful coffee table book about him a couple of years ago), and graphic designer and illustrator Eleanor Grosch (another favorite of mine - I have three of her prints as well as a pair of Keds she designed).

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