Here at VisuaLingual we’ve been diversifying our product range! These brand-new unisex screenprinted scarves depict landscapes as patterns made up of simple geometric building blocks.
Above, the town scarf includes single-family homes, apartment buildings and a factory, creating a seemingly repeating pattern on one end of the scarf, while the other reduces the town to its essential parts.
Below, the pattern of the country scarf features trees, homes and a silo on one end of the scarf, with a simplified countryside on the other end.
Each scarf measures 11×54 inches. The heavyweight Belgian linen is finished with grey overlock stitching that matches the grey print.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I’m a sucker for pattern, like this stained glass skylight in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room:
And the elegant, restrained decoration found in Minoru Yamasaki‘s Modern architecture:
And the geometry of Art Deco, such as the old Coca Cola bottling plant in Indianapolis:
Michael has inspired me to look closely at the natural environment as well. For instance, I spotted geometric patterns at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico:
More recently, at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming:
And Badlands National Park in South Dakota:
I also love, love, love mosaic tile, like this simple example found in downtown Cincinnati:
Or these geometric patterns at the Everett Middle School in San Francisco:
And the bold Rookwood tile inside the Guardian Building in Detroit:
Probably the single best example I can offer to explain my inspiration for these scarves is the minimal Modernism of Charley Harper, who was well known for his reductive, whimsical depictions of the natural world, such as this mosaic mural in the John Weld Peck Federal Building in downtown Cincinnati:
Seen up close, the brilliant simplicity is revealed:
I hope you can see the connection between the above examples and my scarf prints: