i'm copying postcards with watercolor. sharpening my skills before i begin my sketching intensives in stockholm, but really just fooling around.
also stopping here and there for some random car sketching…
let's discuss travel journals. i'll go first.
wait. let's discuss wallpaper instead. or how about wallpaper in travel journals.
the 4 top sheets of wallpaper below are all swedish. the black one, 2nd from left is a reproduction of an original josef frank design. how do i know? i'm on sabbatical! i have time to conduct wild-goose research!
once i realized that ingrid sent me these wallpapers and i confirmed that they were in fact swedish designs, it didn't take me long to hunt down josef frank. his designs are distinctive and it turns out i have a few of them.
although austrian, frank became one of sweden's most important designers when as he fled to sweden to escape the nazis. he began working at svenskt tenn, a legendary swedish design house in 1934. together he and svenskt tenn's founder estrid ericson would go on to form a lifelong partnership and make immense contributions to swedish modernism.
checkout this cool video about josef frank's wallpaper! i have a few of these designs, thanks to ingrid, and will be using them in my swedish travel journal.
since i'm a mindreader i know what you're thinking. who is this ingrid? so i swiped this photo of she & her husband from her blog HERE.
don't they look nice?
and i might add… she just emailed me and told me to bring rubber shoes for the rocks and relayed how good the salt water of the skagerack sea will be for me to swim nude in each morning. after all she does it! i will be bold. unabashed. confident as i stride into that sea with all my rotundness. surely my extra layer of padding will help with what i imagine is a very cold sea. don't picture that in your mind.
but do picture my swedish travel journal which i will be sharing forthwith.