Monday, March 21, 2016

The Tartans of US and Canada, #AtoZchallenge

I had a great time last year doing two A-Z Blogging Challenges
One covered the Southwest on my On the Edge travel blog [master A-Z list here]. 
The other were postings on my SpyGirl fashion blog [master A-Z list here] by my alter ego Enid.

This year, I'm taking up the gauntlet here and will be blogging the tartans of the US and Canada, A-Z.

[Original Map of North America with US States and Canadian Provinces by FreeVectorMaps.com]
Info on Canadian [Maple Leaf] tartan here -- Info on US tartan here

Did you know that there are official tartans for more than two thirds of the US states and for almost all of the Canadian provinces? 
It's true!

I originally did an art series with state tartans and maps and exhibited them in 2003.
At that time, I found 28 states that had tartans.
I created the tartan art in U4ia [now Lectra's Kaledo] and used vector maps from Cartesia [no longer available].
For this A-Z challenge, I recreated all the above tartans, and added the rest of the states and all the provinces.
Now I have to get the map art revised. 
This is from the original series. @2003

Does an A to Z Challenge sound like fun? 
There is still time to join in with 1000+ other bloggers. The 2016 sign up page is here, and will be open until 4/4/16. 
Come back to Pattern Recognition on April 1st, when I will start with A for...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Flashback 5/75 Redux

I'm doing one of those "Post 5 Artworks..." challenges on Facebook [find mine here], and I thought I'd make it more complicated for myself by making blog posts with the art. Each day a different blog. [Yes, I have 5+ blogs. Ack!]
Pattern Recognition is the third blog that I created, in May 2009. It came about to support an exhibition with the same title at TAG Gallery held June-July 2009. As I say in the sidebar, I was big on patterns in the 70s, and now I make them at the day job. And teach them every Spring semester at Otis.
From time to time, I'll design repeats for myself. They show up here.

Here is a new pattern:
©2016 Anne M Bray
Yardage available on Spoonflower soon.
Printed on various items by Society6 here.
I'm going to get leggings printed up, waiting for a sale!

In 2011, I had made a white ground colorway, which I rediscovered while looking for something else:
@2011 Anne M Bray
Yardage available on Spoonflower eventually.
Printed on various items by Society6 here.
In 1975, I created the original silkscreen print:
Anne M Bray, 1st Series, #7, Silkscreen monoprint, ©1975 
Read an older post from 2011 about this work.