Fine Art Inspiration in Event Design

One of my favorite things to do when approaching a new project or just working on keeping my design skills sharp, is to pick one of my favorite paintings or photographs and use it as the inspiration for a design board. 

When I was studying at Cambridge I fell in love with Japanese Woodblock printing. This is an art form that began during the Edo period (1603-1867). Most people recognize woodblock printing from the pieces of Katsushika Hokusai, Cresting of the Wave off the Coast of Kanazawa, from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, ca. 1830 - 1832.  

One of my favorite artists from the Ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) era of woodblock prints is Utagawa Hiroshige.  His piece,  Precincts of the Tenjin Shrine at Kameido,1856 is what I decided to work with today to inspire a lovely early spring wedding design board. 

A great book on Japanese Woodblock printing to check-out is Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism if you are interested in learning more! 

For the color scheme I decided to go with a muted pallet of soft greens,  smoky purple and neutral mixed with dark indigo and bright summer berry. This gives us a wedding full of mystery, warmth with beautiful pops of color.  Enjoy your Monday! 

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