Happy Friday, Everyone! Many of you have written in and shared your design ideas with me, and one thing’s for sure: Mirror80 readers love being creative. From interior design endeavors to art and writing projects, your ideas have truly inspired me. Today I thought I’d post about inspiration… What inspires you?!
For years, people were reluctant to look back at the art, graphic design and interior design of the 1980s. In fact, it was ’80s fashion that first returned to the limelight. I guess people were more comfortable buying a retro sweater than a retro sofa. But now, thanks to sources such as a slew of new ’80s tumblrs, design images from the decade of decadence are abundant. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite resources for ’80s design inspiration, and I hope you’ll share yours in the comments section at the end of the post!
1980s Clothing Patterns
I’m in the middle of several DIY projects as we speak. The latest: a 3-piece “mural” consisting of canvases featuring ’80s-inspired geometric motifs. I’m still finalizing my geometric design ideas, and one source has been incredibly helpful–Etsy! I often browse 1980s geometric shirts, dresses and skirts for design inspiration. Here are a few of examples of the types of items that catch my eye. First we have an ’80s abstract geometric hoodie from Etsy shop & Vintage…
The image below is a close-up of an ’80s dress available at Etsy shop Keep Drawer:
Did I mention that one of my current projects has a tropical theme? Which is why I was immediately drawn to this vintage tropical knit top from Etsy shop Collected Chaos. I love the idea of a dual-color palm tree!
For more ’80s textile inspiration, check out this Mirror80 post featuring images from the book 1980s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg.
’80s Art Tumblrs
Another source of inspiration for your ’80s design projects: ’80s art… And I can’t think of a better resource than the tumblr 80s art, curated by Jason Cawood. Inspired to create this blog when a job at a library put him in direct contact with a slew of 1980s art magazines, Cawood took to Tumblr with images of paintings, sculptures and more, long before the ’80s Tumblr was a “thing”. Read our interview with Jason here.
I’m also consistently drawn to the work of George Green, whose geometric forms come to life, as shown below…
I collected stickers as a kid in the ’80s, and there were some pretty amazing design developments happening in the world of adhesive collectibles at that time! I still look to the stickers of the 1980s for design inspiration.
To the left we see a montage of stickers available through Etsy shop Vintage Sticker Love.
Last summer the flamingo revival peaked. I personally think parrots are making a comeback! Did I mention that one of my DIY projects involves ’80s-style art of the summery, tropical variety? No wonder I’m drawn to these parrot stickers (pictured to the left).
Aren’t those ice cream and popsicle stickers refreshing?! I know–it’s all about the sprinkles right now. They’re a little over-exposed. But I haven’t seen a ton of ice cream cones and popsicles on that front. Love the double scoops and lattice pattern on those cones!
The great thing about stickers–the focus is often on simple forms that can inspire those of us who may not have the highest level of artistic talent when it comes to painting (I most definitely include myself in this group)! The umbrella stickers pictured here are giving me an idea for a DIY art project…
I’ll keep you posted on my latest ’80s-style DIY developments, but now it’s your turn. Do you have favorite resources for 1980s design inspiration? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below…