The fourth quarter challenge is to felt, spin, weave, knit, crochet or sew something inspired by the 1960’s – a decade that exploded with colour in art, fashion, homewares and music!
Although ‘pop-art’ originated in the 1950’s it flourished in the 1960’s, and Andy Warhol created many versions of his portrait of Marilyn Monroe …
…and Versace made a gown using Warhol’s prints.
Psychedelic and hippie art was everywhere! On posters, clothes, musical instruments and vehicles.
The world of pop music embraced the wildness of design in the 1960’s. Heinz Edelmann’s illustration style for the Beatles’ animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ was revolutionary…
… and this album cover must be the most recognisable. Jann Haworth and Peter Blake designed the cover for The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
Peter Max was an influential designer. Below left to right: He painted this design for Capitol Records, this ‘love’ poster and he designed this fabric.
Flowers featured a lot in 60’s fabrics that would be made into clothes, curtains, lampshades and furniture.
Flowers were also popular in many wallpaper designs.
Mary Quant was an influential fashion designer in the 60’s – she did use colour but she’s well-known for her black and white designs.
And who hasn’t heard of ‘Biba’? This is one of her dresses. Photo courtesy of V&A.
Fashion was very flamboyant. Look at these ties for men. Photo courtesy of V&A.
And shirts could never be too colourful.
Machine embroidered clothes were very popular.
Jewellery was bold, bright and chunky. Photos courtesy of V&A.
Perhaps you remember the 1960’s? Perhaps you’ve only read about them. But we hope you find something in that decade to inspire your work. Please post anything you make on to the ‘Studio Challenges’ section on the Felting and Fiber Forum