Sunday, August 25, 2013

Studio Marcus Hay Pinterest Boards/ Polka Me Dot!

Left: Scottish designer  Eduardo Paolozzi dot pattern,  Right: Spotty Chair designed by Peter Murdoch, 1963 

Left: Poster for Haruki Murakami, Right: Vase by Jun Kaneko

Left: The Queen of The Polka Dot, Yayoi Kusama,
 Right: Exhibition, 2006, Photographs courtesy of  Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc and Huffington Post 

Left: Artwork by Jun Kaneko, Right: Comme des Garcon wallet

1950's Album covers, The Polka Dot seems to have a close relationship with expressing the idea of Music

Left: Poster by Giuseppe De Luca, Right: Famous photograph of Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey, 1965

Left: A paint palette inspires the idea of Polka Dots in everyday life
Right: Textiles by German Artist Anna Badur

Examples of work by Graphic Designer and Art Director Paul Rand

Left: Work by Alexander Calder, Right: Poster by Graphic Designer Max Huber

Left: Linus Bill Nad Adrien Horni Artwork, Right: Paul Rand's work for UCLA 

Left: Plate by Anthropologie, Middle: Stool by Artek, to celebrate this Alvar Aalto designed stool's 
80th birthday by Comme des Garcon Left: Comme des Garcon wallet. 

Nothing could be simpler than a series of rounds dots, but how universal and instantly recognizable is the pattern polka dot. Applied to so many different types of applications, It can seem fun, it can seem childlike, It can seem Fashion orientated, For instance as a child I always remembered that Minnie Mouse’s dress was always polka dot, In a way that harped back to a simpler time when the polka dot seemed a favorite of another era. It’s always had an innocence and in the 1950’s/ 1960's, Polka Dot seemed to prevail as the pattern of choice on scarves and full dresses. Fashion House Comme Des Garcon has used Polka Dot as a reoccurring theme for years, as has Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama who created a whole collection for Louis Vuitton.

According to Wikipedia: Polka Dot is is a pattern consisting of an array of filled circles, generally equally sized and spaced relatively closely in relation to their diameters. An early recorded use of the term "polka dot" first appeared in 1854. The pattern shares its name with the dance form, making one suspect there is a connection linking the pattern to the dance. However, the name was likely settled upon merely because of the dance's popularity at the time the pattern became fashionable, just as many other products and fashions of the era also adopted the polka name

Many Artist and Designers have used the simplicity of the polka dot to inspire, I have always loved the pattern and even though in my line of work I only seem to be able to use it in Kid’s Shoots, Really I would love to use it everywhere, I think people are too quick to judge and put a label on it, It amazes me how one pattern can conjure up such resonance in people that it only reminds them of one theme. 

Champions of the Polka Dot:
Yayoi Kusama
Jun Kaneko
Paul Rand 
Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garcon

In my Pinterest folder Polka Me Dot, I explore all the different ways Polka Dot can be found, I am amazed how many images I find, From Graphic Designed posters to Album Covers to a pair of shoes. I hope you enjoy my collection, Again because of the nature of Pinterest, Often images are not credited, I see my images all the time without my credit, usually someone has taken it off to write a personalized comment, I would love to encourage people to keep credits on images as they are somebody’s hard and often self funded work, However in an image saturated culture, its seems you have to let go of that. If any image here requires a credit, Please let me know.

Hope you too embrace the joy of the polka dot. 

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