Janet Haigh, a needlepoint designer for Ehrman, has an article on her blog about the designer Lillian Delavoryas, whose work was popular in the 70’s and early 80’s.
The article gives us a lovely profile of the designer as well as insight into Janet’s life. What I loved about it is the look at some pieces from the time.
You’ll recognize some design elements you will want to use if you want to create the look of the late 70’s and early 80’s in your projects. You’ll see:
- piling on of pattern on pattern
- strong patterns in the background but in almost white colors
- complex designs with many elements
- wide borders
It’s vdery different from our more restrained design choices these days, but I’m told it’s coming back.
I realized in writing this, that one of my projects, a Mika Partridge canvas of pomegranates hs many of these elements. Of course it does, it’s from the end of this period.