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SALT 2018 July Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

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 June Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

The Salt Design 2018 Calendar is here – 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. This month’s inspiration is Frida Kahlo!

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SALT 2018 May Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

May – by Daile

Abstract expressionism – open to interpretation?

Definition of ‘Abstract’: relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.

In terms of my role as a graphic designer, my purpose is to take a potentially abstract concept and make it visually intelligible through typography, shape and colour. So I find myself asking – how could an artist like Jackson Pollock‘s work be an inspiration???

I guess it’s more about what I perceive would have been his attitude to artistic conventions. His abject denial to conform to the traditional conservatism of preceding art movements.

For Pollock, his drive came from within – to express himself in a manner which only he understood. To find a means by which to visually ‘speak’ in a language which no one else understood. To care more about what he felt and wished to say, than whether others could understand his meaning.

Now, this is definitely NOT an attitude I personally carry when approaching a new design project. However, I do begin the design process by defining, and then dispelling, what the conventional or stereotypical approach may be. It would be all too easy to follow the latest design trend, use the hippest colour palette or incorporate a cool new typeface just because ’everyone’s using it at the moment’. But to instead search past these norms and delve deeper into the brief to truly get to know what it is I am communicating encourages me to ‘push’ myself to learn new ways of using design to express a potentially abstract message.

I certainly don’t purport to getting a mind-blowingly different result every time. However, I believe  when the design process begins with pushing boundaries and not settling for the status quo – then hopefully the result is richer for the experience!


About Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety; he was a major artist of his generation. Regarded as reclusive, he had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy.

Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving. In December 1956, four months after his death, Pollock was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. A larger, more comprehensive exhibition of his work was held there in 1967. In 1998 and 1999, his work was honored with large-scale retrospective exhibitions at MoMA and at The Tate in London. {WIKIPEDIA}

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Images via: 1. At work in 1950. 2. Abstract painting techniques 3. Convergence.

 

 

SALT 2018 April Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

April – by Hannah

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was one of the most prolific and acclaimed artists of the 20th century. While he was best known for his Surrealist work, Dali had an expansive artistic repertoire which also included film, sculpture, and photography.

As an apt homage to Dali, our Salt Calendar design for April turns things upside-down – drawing inspiration from the melting, spiraling elements of the artist’s most popular work, The Persistence of Memory.

One of the most distinguishable aspects of the Surrealist movement and of Dali’s work was revealing unexpected juxtapositions and exploring everyday objects in an highly imaginative and somewhat abstract manner.

I particularly love Dali’s unique perspectives and symbolism, his slowing of time, notion of weightlessness and how he could bring his unconscious/dreams to life through his art.

Whilst walking alongside the river Thames during a visit to London in 2007, I had my own slightly ‘surreal’ encounter when I stumbled upon a tribute to Dali (The Dalí Universe: London). The bronze sculpture was such a striking contrast juxtaposed in front of the stunning London cityscape, complemented by the ornate lamp posts that lined the sidewalk of The Queen’s Walk. The piece embodied all that I love about Dali’s work – right down to the manner in which I discovered the artwork. It is a fond memory I hold to this day!

How wonderful to know Dali is as inspirational to me and other art lovers today as he has ever been!

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1. Dali portrait. 2. The Persistence of Memory. 3. London Eye. 4. Dali sculpture. 5. The temptation. 6. Lobster Telephone 1936.

 

 

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 2018 February Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

February – by Bree

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21.08.1872 – 16.03.1898) was an English illustrator and author. Influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, his black ink drawings emphasized the grotesque, the decadent and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler.

Beardsley’s contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau and poster styles was significant.

Art Nouveau was an international style of art, architecture and applied art, that was most popular between 1890 and 1910. It was a total art style – embracing a wide range of fine and decorative arts, including architecture, painting, graphic art, interior design, jewellery, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass art, and metal work. It was inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly the curved lines of plants and flowers.

What I love about Beardsley’s style was the way he incorporated and combined elements of both nature and the human form together in his work to create dark and eerie pieces, while still having a prominent Nouveau style. I also admire the works of other artists of the time including William Morris, Antoni Gaudí, Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt.

I am inspired by modern day designers whose creative direction is inspired by Art Noveau. Illustrators Edith Rewa, Anna Bond (Rifle Paper Co.) and Sophia Mary Mac.

I also love typographers who have somewhat of an Art Nouveau and Art Deco style to their work including Nick Misani and Dana Tanamachi.

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Images via: https://www.flickr.com/photos/parksy/32224846/https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/19860702_century-flat-pocket-tobacco-tinhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/arnimschulz/8574778706/http://www.chrisbeetles.com/gallery/artistic-movements/aesthetic/flowers.htmlhttps://www.redbubble.com/people/pixelchicken/works/11267617-william-morris-renaissance-style-cloister-alphabet-letter-a?p=photographic-printhttps://pixel77.com/art-history-modern-design-art-nouveau/https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/07/20/just-love-collection-art-nouveau-doors-around-2/http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2011/5/26/vintage-candy-tins.htmlhttp://ionascloset.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/still-in-circulation-art-nouveau.html

SALT 2018 January Calendar // FREE Wallpaper

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

January – by Daile

I love colour! And for as long as I can recall – I have loved the work of Henri Matisse and the Fauvism movement. What renegades they were for their time! Their bold use of vivid colour was such a revelation following the muted soft tones of the Impressionist movement.

Henri Matisse quickly adopted the role of leader of the Fauves, whose members used intense colour to describe light and space and communicate their emotions in a raw, unabashed manner never before seen.

I first learnt about the work of Henri Matisse in high school and continued to study his works during Art College. His use of graphic two-dimensional shapes in vivid colour combinations have provided inspiration and direction throughout my professional design career. I continue to be inspired by his use of colour and expressive forms which are as fresh and contemporary today as they were one hundred years ago.

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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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