With the July 4th weekend upon us, the first thing that comes to mind is travel, and fireworks! Heading out to the beach, taking a road trip, finding a nice quiet place to relax. I felt the Souvenir wallpaper was a perfect way to explore this idea. Consisting of a series of snapshots, almost post card views of past travel adventures, Souvenir is like a cork board preserving someone’s travel history. With views including Japanese cliffs, a New England pond, a field in southern France, these are someone’s memories being shared with a larger audience.
The design is printed in a colorway called daguerreotype that evokes a nostalgic sense for beautiful places that may or may not still exist. The black and white images with a slightly grainy look definitely call back to an earlier period.
Carolyn Ray is an artist and designer located in Yonkers, New York. She has been designing and producing fabrics and wallcoverings for over 35 years. She looks to nature for much of her inspiration, and many of her designs reflect this organic, unexpected aspect.
And in case you’re still looking for those fireworks, the Cooper Hewitt’s got those too. Designed by jazz artist Hubbell Pierce for the American Bicentennial, 1776/1976 has got that red, white, and blue spirit. I hope everyone is having a fun and safe holiday weekend.