When we think about a creating a new design, part of our process is researching designers from the past. One of our favourites is French artist Maurice Verneuil (1869-1942) who studied with Eugene Grasset, a Swiss artist. Together they produced Plants and their Application to Ornament in 1897 which specialised in botanical design and was a huge influence during the Art Nouveau period.
Verneuil’s style later evolved into geometric forms during the Art Deco period and his 1926 book Kaléidoscope, Ornements Abstraits is considered a masterpiece of the era. The 24 coloured plates of textile designs were created using the pochoir technique, where single layers of colour were added by hand to a lithograph using a stencil.
Verneuil’s designs were used in many creative disciplines including industrial design, posters, ceramics, textiles and metalwork.
Until next time creative crew,
Crown Imperial illustration by Verneuil in Grasset's book, 1896. Credit: Swallowtail Garden Seeds/ Creative Commons
Crown Imperial illustration by Verneuil in Grasset's book, 1896. Credit: Creative Commons