Here in her own words, she explains how an idea is materialized into form...
"Inspiration comes with a trip to the movies, to the museum, to the beach, the woods, the water, the supermarket, the southwest, the southern Pacific, the studio shelf....
Mingled with memory, dreams and predictions, inspiration becomes an idea.
Idea becomes concept in studio experiments. Color makes the image, image transforms color. Color relationships grow, images are modified and refined.
Gradually the destination comes into focus. A livable interior complex yet quiet, color unexpected but somehow natural. A surface develops that is densely iconographic and hardly there at all.
Next the painted surface is transformed into a reproducible design. This always involves compromise and innovation to meet production and end-use requirements while staying true to the idea.
When production is at last complete, there is one more step. Our final collaboration is with the interior designer, whose artistry gives form to our materials."
Other designs from her line...
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Material Spotlight - Carolyn Ray Wallcoverings
While on the plane ride back from sunny Southern California this past Christmas break I was leafing through California Homes magazine, and ran across a Carolyn Ray Wallcoverings ad. I often select wallpaper memos from the David Sutherland showroom in the Dallas Design Center for clients homes. The ad featured her Mermaid Collection line, which struck a cord with me being such a water/beach feign. While it is shown in black and silver, it also comes in several other colorways.