Making art is one of the most hopeful things we can do.
In the face of digital overload and too much screen time, let’s reclaim our hands. Instead of swiping glass and clicking keyboards, let’s express ourselves through art. And while we are at it, let’s use the classic materials of mark making: graphite, charcoal, paint, pastels, and ink. Putting paint to canvas, or ink to paper, is one of the most human things we can do to our express our humanity.
Just like our ancient cousins who created the first cave paintings in France, we can use our hands to document our world and show that we exist. Making art is one of the most hopeful activities we can do as humans, to celebrate being alive. Additionally, creating art is beneficial for so many things: encouraging creativity, relieving stress, fostering identity, allowing for introspection, and focusing on the physical activity of making.
Here we are inspired by the strong black and white elements seen in art, whether it’s the supplies used or the monochromatic duality of the marks against ground. And the results? New patterns, textures, and motifs emerge from the marks we made on the substrate. And from these new marks we can see a new future, one created by us, by hand.
We’ve compiled a palette of products that reflect this design principle to help you curate your space.
Royce Epstein is the A&D Design Director for Mohawk Group.
As the face to A&D, Royce shares her passion and vision for design, cultural trends, and the meaning of materials in a broad context. Her role is to evolve and share Mohawk Group’s Design Vision with the A&D community, and to leverage product design with what A&D desires in the field. Constantly on the watch for new trends in all aspects of design and culture, Royce feeds this insight to all our industry’s touch points.
A veteran materials and product specialist, Royce spent two decades working in A&D firms before working with Mohawk. She was named the 2015 Designer of the Year by Interiors and Sources Magazine, and received a HiP award for Rising Star from Interior Design Magazine at Neocon 2016. Royce lives in Philadelphia where she is active in the design, art, and music scenes. She is a board member of Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.