SALT 2018 December Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

December – Vincent Van Gogh

With his iconic brush strokes and revolutionary use of colour, Vincent Van Gogh has mesmerized art lovers for over a century. And with over 2,000 artworks created in the decade of his artistic career, fans have a plethora to choose from.

With pieces like The Starry Night, Sunflowers and Wheatfield with Crows, Van Gough was greatly influenced by nature, and he was renowned for his use of saturated, complimentary colours. Van Gogh experimented with using colour to convey emotion, saying that “colour expresses something in itself” and that it has a “psychological and moral weight”. Van Gogh also used a distinct brushstroke, that in his day was considered rudimentary and amateurish, but has influenced millions of artists since his death.

Unfortunately, Van Gogh suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness and spent his 37 years in and out of institutions, before taking his own life. With so many masterpieces created in the 10 short years of his career, one can only imagine what more Van Gogh was capable of, had his circumstances been different. 

Modern day inspiration

Alisa Burke, artist, mural painter and mentor, is a creative who also loves to experiment with colour and takes her inspiration from nature and the world around her. She uses bright saturated colours that contrast to evoke emotion. 

Dan Huton, a New York artist, experiments with vibrant contrasting colours and distinctive brush strokes.

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Images via: The Starry Night, June 1889. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sunflowers (F.458), repetition of the 4th version (yellow background), August 1889.[1] Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Almond Blossom, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, February 1890. Wheatfield with Crows, Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890. Alisa Burke. Dan Huton.

SALT 2018 November Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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November – by Hannah

Whaam!! Roy Lichtenstein’s work is certainly striking and well-recognised through his use of primary colours, bold black outlines and half tone dot and line patterns.

As a leading figure in the world of Pop Art, his work was greatly inspired by enlarged comic strip styles, which often depicted parody and female portraits. “I take a cliche and try to organize its forms to make it monumental. The difference is often not great, but it is crucial.” Roy Lichtenstein

He most famous works included Drowning Girl, Whaam! and Girl with Ball – a particular favourite of mine.

I was so excited to see his work at the MoMA in NYC, with the highlights campaign and book displaying his work on the cover. The gallery label from the artwork reads: 

Lichtenstein took the image for Girl with Ball straight from an advertisement for a hotel in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. In pirating it, however, he transformed the photographic image, using a painter’s version of the techniques of the comic-strip artist. The resulting simplifications intensify the artifice of the picture, concentrating its careful evocation of fun in the sun. The girl’s round mouth is more doll-like than female; any sex appeal she had has become as plastic as her beach ball.

MODERN DAY INSPIRATION

In the recent years, I have followed the work of Camille Walala and Gemma O’Brien (Mrs Eaves101) who use a brighter colour palette and modern take on this style. Gemma’s decorative background patterns, line work and dotted elements create energy and dimension in her typography – which I love, especially due to the large scale of her murals!

A few of our favourite and inspiring creatives to mention include:
Camille Walala
Gemma O’Brien
Wanissa Somsuphangsri

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Images via:Whaam!. Girl with hair ribbon. Little big painting. Blam. Typography – Wanissa. Building artwork – Camille Walala. Typographic Murals – Gemma O’Brien.

SALT 2018 October Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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October – by Daile

Jean Miro 1893 – 1983

Miró’s attachment to the landscape of his country of birth was crucial in his work. His connection to the land and his interest in everyday objects and in the natural environment formed the backdrop to some of his technical and formal research.

Miró pursued a constant quest for a pure, global art that could not be classified under any specific movement.

It was through art that Joan Miró expressed rebelliousness and a strong sensitivity to the political and social events around him. These conflicting forces led him to create a unique and extremely personal language that makes him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

In early 2017, we had the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain. Such energy and expression, so vivid and alive! During our travels between Barcelona and Madrid, we also saw first-hand the countryside and landscapes that inspired Miro’s work. However, it was the colour and abstract shapes and elements in his work that we find most engaging.

Today we can find elements of similar visual expression in graphic design, fashion and interior design. Colour and abstract patterning provide us with avenues for creative expression far beyond real-life visuals such as photography and more traditional portrayals of landscapes.

The freedom an artist like Jean Miro has to visually express his emotions, thoughts and beliefs provides us (the viewer) with the opportunity to interpret, adopt and personalise what we see into an expression of our own emotions, ideas and beliefs. Seeing then truly becomes believing!

MODERN DAY INSPIRATION

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Joan Miro artwork

Images via: The smile of the flamboyant wings – Joan Miro. Snob Party – Joan Miro. Works at the Fundació Joan Miró. Big Garden – Rachel Castle. Gorman ClothingKiNDAH KHALiDY. Jenny Kee.

 

SALT 2018 September Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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September designed by Daile and inspired by Henri Rousseau!

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SALT 2018 August Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”
– Pablo Picasso

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Picasso is one of the all-time greats! You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of this legendary artist.

Born in Spain in 1881, Pablo Picasso spent his early years drawing and painting and showed an extraordinary talent. Under the tuition of his father, who was both an artist and Professor of Fine Arts, Picasso flourished and went on to have long and prolific career. Although most well-known for co-founding the Cubist movement, he also went through periods of painting classical, neoclassical, African-inspired, surrealist and neo-expressionist styles. He was also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, poet and playwright, and continued to produce art right up until his death in 1973, at the age of 92.

With such a prolific career, it’s not surprising so many other artists were inspired by Picasso’s work. Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein, acknowledges that Picasso was a huge influence on his early work, claiming “I was always afraid of looking like Picasso. The more I tried to evade his influence, the more self-conscious the paintings got and the more evident was the source.” Jackson Pollack was another artist who took inspiration from Picasso, with his use of bold colour and abstract symbols. Camille Walala, a modern day designer and artist, draws on the bright colours and heavy lines of Picasso’s later work, as well as referencing cubism through many of her designs.

Needless to say, the world of art has benefited greatly, not just from Picasso’s own work, but those he has and continues to influence.

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Picasso Inspiration

Images via:

1. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907. 2. The Old Guitarist, 1903. 3. Chicago Picasso, 1967. 4. Painter and Model, 1928 MoMA. 5. Girl Before A Mirror, 1932. 6. Roy Lichtenstein – Girl With Beach Ball III, 1977. 7. Roy Lichtenstein – Femme au Chapeau. 8. Camille Walala Print. 9. Jackson Pollock – The Water Bull, 1946.

SALT 2018 July Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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July – by Hannah

Think Monet… think water lilies!

Just over 10 years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. It was fantastic to view artworks by masters of their era, including Monet.

There was something very special about being surrounded by the curved walls of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings at the MoMA, to then be strolling through very similar scenes in New York’s Central Park. And this was very much Monet’s intention – to immerse the viewer in nature through expansive compositions that would evoke an emotional response.

Monet’s life and works
Monet (14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926) was a French Impressionist with the ambition of: ‘Documenting the French countryside which led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons.’

From 1883, Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. {Wikipedia}

Modern day inspiration
There has certainly been a movement over the past few years of bringing the outdoors, indoors and we see this happening in a variety of creative fields – from interior design, to stationery design, to fabric patterns and artworks.

A few of our favourite and inspiring creatives to mention include:

  • Rifle Paper Co.
  • Peaches and Keen
  • Mister Zimi
  • Edith Rewa

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Monet Mood Board

Images via: 1. Water Lilies, 1914-26 MoMA. 2. Water Lilies, 1915 3. Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge, 1897-1899  4. Central Park, NYC. 5. Rifle Paper Co. – Tapestry wrapping sheets and merchandise. 6. Peaches and Keen – Botanical Calamity A2 Artwork Blue. 7. Edith Rewa – Family Proteaceae Scarf. 8. Mister Zimi – Poolside in Marrakesh

SALT 2018 March Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

March – by Hannah

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. This made him a perfect fit for inclusion in the Salt Design Modern Masters 2018 Calendar!

As a founder of the De Stijl movement, Mondrian’s artistic vocabulary was created through simple geometric elements using blocks of primary colours and black grid lines. To this day, his style is instantly recognised and emulated by many modern artists and designers.

Mondrian certainly caught my eye when learning art history at school. I loved applying his style to screen-printing, using simple block colours to create bold, bright art pieces. His oil canvas, Broadway Boogie-Woogie, was one of my favourite pieces. The abstract composition evokes energy and rhythm, depicting the pace of life in the bustling metropolis that is New York City – a city I always dreamed of visiting (doesn’t everyone!?).

In 2007, I fulfilled this dream by visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC. It was a fantastic opportunity to view artworks by masters of their era, including Mondrian. 

At university, one of my first design projects was to create patterns within a square, using grids and combinations of varying shapes and block colours. It reminded me of Mondrian’s work. Whilst a load of fun, it also taught me how the underlying principles of form and function are at the core of good design. To this day, I use these principles as a strong foundation and approach for beginning any design concept!

In the recent years, I have followed the working career of Camille Walala. I was so fortunate and excited to see Camille’s presentation at The Design Conference 2017. I love her use of brighter colours to create boundless energy in commercial spaces and textiles. To me, her work is a fresh, modern take on Mondrian’s style.

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Images via: 1. Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent shown with a Mondrian painting in 1966. 2.Richard Meier’s city hall in the Hague transformed into the ‘world’s largest Mondrian’. 3. Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930. 4. Piet Mondrian. 5. Broadway Boogie Woogie (Taken at the MoMA). 6. De stijl chair. 7. MoMa Exhibition (taken in 2007). 8. Camille Walala – Rooftop NYC, WALALA X BETTER BANKSIDE LDF 2016 and The Design Conference 2017.

Salt Design 2018 Calendar

Design inspiration is found everywhere and in all manner of things. From a café menu to a packaging label, from the cover of annual report to a digital billboard whilst stuck in morning traffic! As designers, our strongest connection to visual design started with the study and admiration of the great artists and artworks of history.

2017 was an extra special year for one of our Salty peeps which included fulfilling a life-long dream to visit galleries in Paris and Barcelona to see the works of some of the world’s greatest artists. And this became the inspiration for our 2018 Salty Calendar – a homage to our most loved modern artists and art movements.

Each of the great masters we have selected for the calendar has particular meaning for each designer. Colour, form, passion and emotion were captured by each of these great artists. Please enjoy our personal interpretations of each artist.

We’ve already been helping out the big guy by posting calendars as Christmas goodies to all our fabulous clients, friends and supporters of Salt.
But if Santa hasn’t delivered – let us know and we’ll put in a good word for you!

Printed on our Canon imagePRESS C800 Digital Production Printer and our Roland DG XR-640 Wide Format Inkjet Printer.
Huge thanks to Simon – our Salt Production Manager!

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Happy International Print day!!!

We love print – and today is the day we celebrate this amazing medium for communication!
Here is a collection of recent print productions we are proud to call our own ‘works of art’!

Want to know more about the value of print?

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The Design Conference Brisbane 2017 // PART 1

The Design Conference (TDC) 2017, had us excited to hear the future role of design in our world. With an awe-inspiring line-up, 680+ guests and a great location, we knew we were in for one hell of a ride!

Hannah – Senior Designer, Salt Design

Representing Salt Design, I shared in the event with my two salty colleagues, two of our Salty clients and a (new) friend I made at last year’s TDC – which made it all the more enjoyable!

A key theme throughout TDC which resonated with me, especially as a Senior Designer looking to inspire our team, was epitomised by a single slide in Mike Rigby’s presentation (ECD – R/GA): “Design is a movement not an industry.”

So, what is it that drives this movement? Designers who have the hunger, the right attitude, the ability to amplify their creativity through technology, and understand the answer to the ‘why’. That’s what!

It’s never too late to discover our creative journey, play more to develop our creative identity or take our side projects to the next level. As designers, we should always be learning, or as the guys from UsTwo put it –”shlearning!” (share learning). Working as a collaborative team who are willing to “give the world a wobble, ay” (Dean Poole, Alt Group), and solve design through human connection.

Highlight
Dean Poole – an extraordinary mind, full of creative twists! Such a wicked talk and not surprisingly the People’s Choice awardee! New Zealand designers seem to have a creative edge I find fascinating and Dean had us captivated within seconds. It was such a pleasure to meet Dean on Day 2 and thank him for blowing our creative minds!

 

Bree – Designer, Salt Design

Camille Walala
What a great way to kick off The Design Conference for 2017!

French born, London based commercial artist Camille explained how she went from selling cheese, to failing to sell her work at market stalls, to partying in London, to collaborating and travelling the world creating murals, collaborating with fashion labels, restaurants, shopping centres and much more!

Camille gave a great insight into the importance of creating opportunities for yourself – even if you have absolutely no idea what you are doing. That taking those opportunities works to your advantage and create even bigger and better opportunities – all you need to do is say YES!

“It’s never too late to have fun.” Listening to her journey made me realise the importance of persistence and to keep creating even when things don’t work out as planned.

Dean Poole
Creative Director, Dean Poole gave a really engaging, interesting and inspiring talk. Some of his work was on the more weird and wonderful side, while others were more deep, spiritual and full of meaning.

He explained many of his eccentric personal projects – which left the audience in hysterics! Dean has inspired me to want to consistently create, as he demonstrated that almost anything can be a creative personal project – if you want it to be.

It was fun to get a small glimpse inside the mind of someone so interesting and creative. Dean encouraged me not to take your life too seriously and to start creating and doing the things I want to do NOW.

Nadia Hernández
Much like her work, Nadia’s talk was bursting full of passion, colour and energy. She focused on the theme of freedom and fear and explored the subject of “To be free, is to have no fear” and how she integrates that theme in her work using text, illustration and colour.

Having graduated with a degree in Fashion, she then went off to pursue a career in graphic design. Nadia confessed that she didn’t actually have any drawing skills, that she couldn’t pattern make or even sew!

Sharing this fact made me realise the importance of experimentation and how it’s helpful to finding what kind of style and practice of design especially works for each individual designer. Much like Camille’s talk, Nadia explored the advantages of taking any opportunities that come to you – as they can lead you to many unexpected creative ventures . . . even something as wacky as Youtubing how to paper mache a life-size baby elephant!

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