This week at Mirror80, we celebrate the 1980s art revival that has exploded in recent months. And we couldn’t be happier about it! Thanks to a slew of Tumblrs featuring ’80s art and graphic design pieces, a renewed interest in this visually rich era is finally taking flight! In future posts, we’ll point you to some stellar ’80s art Tumblrs and highlight current artists who are creating ’80s-style pieces. We’ll also show you where to buy 1980s art, and most importantly, we’ll revel in the awesomeness of geometry, grids and unparalleled color combinations…
Hey all you dreamers out there… Today we spotlight three ’80s postcards from Etsy shop Il Giardino Luxor. These collectibles feature artwork from Italian postcard company Arti Grafiche Ricordi. Since we couldn’t stop with just one, we decided to highlight three 1980s-fabulous selections featuring beautiful, wistful young ladies in various states of daydreaming. Since most of us will never indulge in a bittersweet moment while seagulls fly overhead, a swan uses our scalp as a launchpad or two birds becomes friends in the windowsill below, we can at least live vicariously through these lovely heroines…
Today we showcase the work of Belfast-based artist Vasare Nar, whose tribal art puts a new spin on ’80s motifs. Her blog, Vasare’s Visual Wonderland, highlights her amazing illustrations and photography. Not to mention, her designs can be purchased in the form of prints, stretched canvases, iPhone cases, laptop skins, tees and more through her Society6 shop!
Summer is finally here, and to heat things up with sizzling ’80s style, today we present our favorite seasonal images! Check out our top ’80s summer pics, from pop culture classics to tropical designer fabric from the decade of decadence. If a photo catches your eye, check out the link to the blog post where it originally appeared for more ’80s-fabulous details. Oh, and have a rad summer!
Here at Mirror80, we’ve covered the emerging 1980s design revival, noting how the areas of fashion and graphic design have been the first to celebrate ’80s motifs. Yet the world of interior design has been slower to embrace the 1980s. It’s no wonder then that for ’80s tribal style to be welcomed back into our homes, it would first have to appear in the fashion world, as the last few years have shown. We’re thrilled about the ’80s tribal redux, especially since it has now jumped from shirts and dresses to the walls of our interiors thanks to today’s talented Etsy artists.
It’s official–we’re crazy for clouds! 1980s clouds, that is. Not only have they infiltrated our collection of Pinterest boards, they permeated art and graphic design throughout our favorite decade. In fact, it seemed the skies were always blue in the ’80s, at least when it came to ’80s album covers, stickers and artwork. A renewed interest in surrealist art was evident by a plethora of puffy clouds and checkered floors. Or the clouds simply provided a dreamy background for cover art highlights, as shown above for the Spyro Gyra album “Freetime.”
It’s no secret that Mirror80 is a wee bit obsessed with Swatch Watches! So you can imagine our surprise when we stumbled across a brand spanking new ’80s tribal Swatch on the pages of a fashion magazine. After further research, it seems other ’80s motifs (such as zebra print) are now gracing the Swatch collection! With ’80s fashion motifs once again in full effect, it’s no surprise that Swatch would catch on and bring back a bit of the decade that made them famous!
Today we are delighted to spotlight the art of Italian graphic designer and videomaker Francesco Mancin. Art, music, fashion and film inspire his work, as does the style of the renowned 1980s design collective The Memphis Group. A talented artist, Mancin has created numerous posters that celebrate Memphis design while adding a contemporary touch to ’80s motifs. Modern yet retro, Mancin’s work exemplifies the artful blend of past and present.
In honor of acclaimed indie director Whit Stillman’s new film Damsels in Distress, we travel back to the year 1990 and revisit his very first movie, the beloved Metropolitan. The plot is simple: a group of upper class college students on winter break navigate the social waters of New York’s debutante season. Long, puffy formal wear and Upper East Side apartments reflecting late ’80s elegance are screen staples, and an amazing script (written by Stillman) earned this gem of a film an Oscar nomination.
If you’re ever tempted to ditch your collection of ’80s stickers, do yourself a favor hang onto these adhesive treasures! Not only are they works of art in themselves, they point to larger art and design trends from the 1980s. In fact, many people have chosen to revive their sticker collections, thanks to vendors like Etsy shop Vintage Sticker Love, which offers an amazing array of ’80s sticker selections.