Form Function Style assists both developing and established artists in the creation, development, and promotion of their surface design brand. We are proud to be representing artist Susan C. Price’s new surface design brand, as well as Morton Design House, Unkie Monkie Studios, and Beautiful Surfaces brands. We are constantly on the lookout for artists whose work will translate to surface design, and look forward to representing new talent. Pattern your world!
Art, not just on your walls!
Form Function Style is proud to represent established artist Susan C. Price. Recently accepted to the FIG Gallery, Susan is also a member of both Los Angeles Artists Association, and Women Painters West, two venerable, competitive-entry artistic groups in Southern California. Her paintings have been included in showings at the Hale Gallery in Santa Monica, the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, the Los Angeles Artists Association VS Show, Laemmle Theatres in Pasadena, Santa Clarita City Hall, Women Painters West shows, and the Altadena Library.
Having studied art since 1963, including drawing, painting, and sculpture at Pitzer College, UCLA, and UCLA Extension, Susan finds inspiration from, and is influenced by her favorite artists and teachers: Picasso, Vlaminck, Cassatt, Shawn, Bonnard, Schiele, De Kooning, Nyeri, Hertel, Elgart, Mock, Hunzakus, Joseph Blaustein, Hilary Taub, Harry Gunderson, and Carla Jerome. Susan’s paintings incorporate bright, intense colors and bold patterns balancing light and dark, small and large areas, often inspired by human subjects or photographs.
Working with Susan’s original paintings, graphic artist Mark Barclay has created a collection of surface designs adapted from Susan’s work, and Form Function Style is excited to present the Susan C. Price surface design collection.
An avid nature photographer, and working from his vast collection of personal photographs, Mark Barclay uses pieces of images to create mesmerizing collages of flowers, plants, insects and found objects which he then turns into surface designs for Morton Design House. Nature is a constant theme in Morton Design House’s collections, and Form Function Style is pleased to represent Morton Design House licensed art. Live beautifully!
Pop-Art for the Instant Generation! Featuring bits of vintage advertising images, off-kilter humor, words, and phrases, and a pop-art & culture sensibility, Unkie Monkie Studios has been an online repository for all things retro for more than a decade. Form Function Style is happy to represent the studio’s recent expansion into surface design on a wide variety of products.
Beautiful Surfaces surface design brand focuses specifically on greeting cards, note cards, and wall art. Featuring close-up views of flowers, plants, and animals, Beautiful Surfaces art prints bring a splash of color, and style to any environment. Enhance your kitchen, office, entryway – any space that could use a lift. Beautiful Surfaces…surround yourself!
Browse Beautiful Surfaces online at the Beautiful Surfaces Gallery here
We’re excited to announce that First Independent Gallery (FIG) has added our favorite artist Susan C. Price to its prestigious group. Based in Santa Monica, California, FIG is a gallery of contemporary art conceived, formed by, and representing artists from the Southern California area. The gallery exhibits works of art diverse in concept and media. Susan will have work on display in their upcoming gallery show later this month.
Living in the greater Los Angeles area, we’re lucky enough to have access to a number of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic homes, and commercial buildings. The Hollyhock House, the Storer House, the Ennis House, the Freeman House, and the Anderton Court Shops are just a few of his achievements located here.
While we’ve seen his sketches and drawings reprinted on everything from greeting cards to ties, we had no idea he had ever created designs specifically for textiles until reading a recent article by Lauren Ro. Designed by Wright, and executed by Ling Po, an artist, and apprentice to Wright at Taliesin West, the patterns were licensed to F. Schumacher & Company in 1955 as part of what was to be called the “Taliesin Line.” While not all of the designs Wright and Ling Po developed were produced (see a few of them here) those that were have happily been reintroduced for purchase from Schumacher. Not only are the original patterns available, but they have updated the colorways and fabrics. What a treat!
Artist Susan C. Price poses in front of a grouping of her paintings at the recent show Muses at MuzeuMM Gallery, while designer Mark Barclay sits in front wearing a dress shirt featuring Susan’s painting Medici Garden which he has developed into a series of coordinating surface designs available for licensing here.
Artist Susan C. Price explains how her paintings evolve, what motivates her, and how to get her original work!
We’ve always gotten a kick out of this logo since Unkie Monkie Studios found it on a matchbook cover years ago. There isn’t much available on the history of the Bunnys Waffle Shops chain beyond the fact that there were at least 3 locations in San Francisco, California: 1102 Market Street, 964 Market Street, and 11 McAllister Street. An internet image search reveals several pieces of dishware originally manufactured by Tepco China for the restaurant. An Unkie Monkie Studios fan contacted us who’s parents frequented Bunnys during the early 1940s, and who visited Bunnys regularly as an adult in the 1960s. We who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s and 1980s never ran across any of the Bunnys locations, unfortunately.
Unkie Monkie Studios offers this great illustration on apparel and home accessories at their Zazzle and Cafepress stores. Find it on gift wrap, and fabric at Unkie Monkie Studios Spoonflower store, and on napkins, placemats, dish towels, throw pillows, and even furniture at their Roostery Home Decor store!
Susan C. Price has made a selection of her original paintings available on leggings and other apparel in her Art Of Where online store. They always turn heads wherever she or her fans wear them!
Each of Form Function Style’s artists has made available an assortment of their work on merchandise through their various online shops. Browse our virtual department store below for unique home and fashion accessories, textiles, paper goods, and gift items!
Shop Susan C. Price online at these stores (click each to view):
Shop Morton Design House online at these stores (click each to view):
Shop Unkie Monkie Studios online at these stores (click each to view):
Shop Beautiful Surfaces online at their gallery shop (click to view):
And don’t miss Form Function Style’s stores for limited edition products from all of our designers!
Created from a photograph of a tray of glossy, glazed sugar cookies, the Centennial Cookies surface design from Unkie Monkie Studios is a knockout on textiles and home goods – and makes an outstanding shirt! Check out more of this great pattern on print on demand goods at Cafepress, Roostery, Spoonflower, Art of Where, Vida, and Print All Over Me.
Of all the surface designs created for the Morton Design House collection, Monarch is the pattern people continually return to. Upon receiving an art print of the pattern, one fan remarked, “There’s something mesmerizing about the way the colors and patterns are juxtaposed that keeps me coming back to it. I see it even when I’m not looking at it!” The design does look dazzling on textiles. Browse Morton Design House’s Monarch print on demand collection here.
Susan has a turned a number of her original paintings into stunning scarves, blouses and tote bags at her Vida online store! Here she models one of her beautiful creations in soft, luxurious modal fabric.