This weekend, I was re-reading Orla Kiely’s wonderful book, Pattern, where she mentioned the influence that designer Sonia Delaunay had on her as a developing designer. It made me remember I’d snapped some cellphone pics of a Sonia Delaunay book while in San Francisco (too heavy to buy).
These pics show clearly show how Orla Kiely may have been influenced by her work, but others are far less graphic, and more about colour and about composition, which makes sense, as Delaunay was a painter before working with fashion.
Delaunay moved to paris in 1905 from her native Russia. The book, published by the Cooper Hewitt to accompany Color Moves, an exhibition of her work, looks at her painting and also at her avant-garde fashion designs and textile work during the 1920s and 1930s. The title of the book and exhibition – Color Moves – refers to her interest in the principle of ‘simultaneity’ (colour suggesting motion) which led her from painting to fashion, as she pursued her interest in merging art and everyday life.