It’s that time of year again when the kids are heading off to summer camp and families are taking to the national parks in droves. What drives us there? An escape from town life and also, perhaps, an escape into not only nature, but also nostalgia.
Pattern is a part of order. Order is passed down by tradition and ritual. We create icons to celebrate rituals, for example, merit badges, bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets, all which when gathered into collections and displayed create….patterns!
Camping is the inspiration for my latest design collection and to get into mood I hunkered down in my cozy air conditioned living room, far, far away from mosquitoes and campfires, to watch yet again Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom, a new favorite that escaped my attention when it was originally released. It’s not about camping but campers play a role and the movie evokes a certain nostalgia that comes to mind when I think about camping.
Here is a rough sketch of one of my motifs. (Camping to me means poison ivy and snakes…) Although William Morris probably never tackled nature in quite this way, he remains one of my major influences.
For an intriguing read check out this blog post from one of my very favorite resources, Hyperallergic, a Brooklyn based online magazine. It’s about Martin Hogue’s exploration into the national romance with camping in his book, Thirty four Campsites.