In my work as a photographer (here and here), I love capturing colors, shapes and textures as much as I enjoy laying out images and pairing them together to create colorful visual stories. Having been raised by a textile designer mom, I’m naturally drawn to patterns and color. Last year, I decided to take a semester away from my photography career to study Surface Pattern Design at ENSAAMA Art school in Paris. Living in a different city, going to school full-time and immersing myself in a new medium was exhilarating, challenging and humbling. As I continue my exploration of color and design, I want to start sharing my visual inspirations on this blog.
Although I don’t follow fashion very closely, I was recently inspired by the color-blocks looks of Valentino’s Fall 2017 Couture show – especially the daywear collection, with its painterly accents and modern simplicity. The looks featured a unique palette of overlapping, almost dissonant hues.
I couldn’t resist pairing this Valentino collection with the oil paintings of Brooklyn-based artist Kristin Texeira. She uses bold blocks of abstract shapes and contrasting color to retell stories and preserve memories. I especially love how she mixes soft colors to create subtle shifts, finding balance between vibrant contrasts and beautiful, quieter parts.
I think more about color as a way to display feelings and define moments, and less about the concepts of how we define elements of color.” — Kristin Texeira