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.
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!
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!
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!
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.