Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Llew Mejia: Poppy Power

The first flower is Poppies! I chose it because I think it is an interesting plant considering its many uses ranging from food to narcotics to ornamentation. The poppy plant is awesome looking too with its big bulbous top heavy flowers and spindly stems.

I wanted to show the more garden aspect of the poppy so I drew in a spider creepin' about and a lil lady bug shrieking from one of the leaves.

Before the conception of this blog I would shy away from color so this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lindsay Nohl: Poppy


I'd like to introduce the newest pattern challenge: 101 florals

101 florals is a collaborative project between Lindsay Nohl and Llew Mejia.

Each week Lindsay and Llew will battle it out as they create dueling patterns around the same floral topics. Weekly flowers are chosen as inspiration, process is shown and progress is made, and the final patterns will be launched side by side. They won't stop until they reach the 101st pattern : A HUGE collaborative work by both artists.

This blog is here to showcase their love for patterns and to juxtapose their styles side by side as they battle it out.

This project was born out of a half-serious conversation about what new and giant projects were on the horizon for both artists. Llew had just graduated and completed his 78 piece Senior Thesis at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and had created and hung many pieces of work for a dual show the week following, and Lindsay had just spent the last several months getting Light Grey Art Lab launched and on it's feet, teaching a couple classes for the spring semester at MCAD, and making it through the busy season at Paper Bicycle.

So now, without further ado, Here's the very first post of Lindsay & Llew's new project!



You remember that part of the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy and the rest of the group falls asleep in the poppy field? Me, too.

In fact, while I'm on a Wizard of Oz tangent, I used to want to be the Scarecrow when I was little. My mom made me some tiny pink corduroy pants with patches all over them and I used to wander around singing "If I only had a brain." I suppose there are weirder things I could have done as a kid. I think this was around the same time that I would toddle around with my sister and tell on her when I found her eating dirt out of the potted plants in our sunroom.

C'est la vie!

Wish us luck on our new project. I wonder what Llew will do...?