Saturday, April 30, 2016

#AtoZchallenge Z is For...

Read about the Arizona tartan here.

Thus concludes our tour of the US and Canadian tartans from A to Z, A-Z, AZ. 

I am still recovering from "N". 
I also overlooked an "L". Oops. "L" comes before "N", so I have no excuse. 

At some point, I'll be refining all the graphics so that I can offer posters, tees, etc. on Society6. These were all created at postcard scale, and some of the tartans I resized for a better layout with the map outline. I want the scale of the twill weave to be consistent. [OK, nerding out now, I'll stop].

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#AtoZchallenge W is For...

Washington, West Virginia,
Wisconsin, Wyoming  
Read about the Washington tartan here. 
William Drummond Stewart, a Scot who explored Wyoming in the 1830s, inspired my choice of the Stewart tartan for Wyoming. I recolored it in these colors: Blue, Red, and White for the state flag, Black for the rich deposits of coal and oil, Jade Green for the state gem -- jade.

Friday, April 22, 2016

#AtoZchallenge S is For...

Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota  
Read about the Saskatchewan tartan here. 
Look familiar? The South Carolina and North Carolina tartans are the same. 
I designed the South Dakota tartan based on the Mitchell clan tartan. For purely personal reasons, I chose this to honor the town of Mitchell, which annually hosts the Mitchell Corn Palace. I chose Sky Blue, Gold, and Yellow from the state flag, Black for the Black Hills, and Pink-purple for the state flower -- the Pasque Flower.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

#AtoZchallenge N is For... [Part 2]

Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut 
Specific Scots in the history of North Dakota are few and far between. I based my design on the Miller Clan tartan, for John Miller, the first governor of the state. My color choices were: Deep Blue and Gold for the state flag, Black for the rich underground deposits of oil, Azure for the clear blue prairie skies, Pink for the Prairie Rose -- the state flower. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

#AtoZchallenge N is For... [Part 1]

Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick,
New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York 
Historical Nebraskan Scots are hard to find online, so I used the Robert Burns Legacy tartan sett after reading this: "The Omaha Daily Bee of January 26, 1876, reported: 'The 117th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns was celebrated last evening by the Burns club of Omaha, and the St. Andrews' society, of Council Bluffs...' " [source] [additional information]
My color choices were: Deep Blue from the state flag, Green for the verdant fields of agricultural products, Deep Brown for the rich soil, Yellow for the state flower -- goldenrod, White for the state beverage -- milk, Azure for the clear blue of the prairie skies.
For New York's tartan, I recolored the New York City tartan to the following colors: Blue and Gold for the "official state colors", Green for the mountains of the Adirondacks and the Catskills, Red for Apple -- the State Fruit, and White for Milk -- the state beverage.

There are 12 states and provinces for Letter N, so the rest will be posted tomorrow.