Tip #7 “How to find “your” print?”

There was a wonderful fabric store near my house. It attracted me with a wide variety of textile prints or patterns. My entertainment was to choose the fabric with the "print of the day" on my next visit, until the question arose:

“Why does this or that print become my favorite at some point in time?”

Psychologists say that any choice we make is connected with our instincts, physiological health and psycho-emotional state. But do we always follow them?

Everywhere you look, everywhere has its own dress code and style imposed on us from the pages of fashion magazines, from the TV screen, at work, at home, among friends and acquaintances. Moreover, the more magazines and Internet resources we study, the more we focus on external opinion and knowledge, since from childhood we get used to delegating responsibility for our decisions to someone: parents, school teachers, professors at the institute, boss at work , perhaps considering their opinion more significant or competent. Information repeated in different journals is remembered, as repetition helps to consolidate information. It turns out that at best we find the strength in ourselves to find a compromise, somewhere stepping on the throat of our own desires in order to comply, and at worst, we become led, as in the legend about the Hamelin piper, who led out of the city those bewitched by his music animals and people.

Man is a social being. Our activities are based on constant verbal and non-verbal communication, that is, what we cannot express in words, we realize through creativity, decorating ourselves and the space in which we live. The prints, paintings, decor we have chosen are all channels of communication with the external environment. Through which we communicate: about our health, social and financial situation, moral and ethical values, lifestyle and much, much more.

In order to broadcast correct information about ourselves, we must try to understand ourselves. If you don’t know or don’t understand what kind of print in clothes or in the design of your interior you want to bring into your life, then perhaps you have been following other people’s advice for a long time, focusing on the opinion of external sources of information. To understand what you want, give up the practice of meeting other people's expectations. Listen to yourself and try to visualize your inner state. This is done simply, namely, by associations. Try to imagine yourself as a flower, an animal, an object of your choice. Now, try to describe yourself in this image: color, shape, texture. Then, place this image in an active scenery or landscape. Describe the whole picture: all the colors, the movement of light and shadow, the feeling that arises when forming this picture and, if possible, fill your visual picture with music. Do you like what you have created?

The more often you work in this way to create your image, the faster you will reach a level of automatism. Like any practice, this one will require you to tune in. Start by setting yourself up for success. Focus not on the goal (getting a picture or print), but on the process in which you will experience only pleasant emotions. Setting yourself up for the pleasure of taking time for yourself will help your body relax and your mind get ready for productive work.

Perhaps you think that you have long known "your" color, style, print. Are you comfortable, or do you feel a little tired from the usual images, and already react with some emotionality to brightly dressed energetic people passing by? Fatigue is the first signal that your habitual choice no longer brings you that energy charge as before.

What to do?

In this case, answer yourself one question:

"Do you want to experience new experiences in your life?"

Even such as updating your usual prints and color schemes in clothes or the decor of your space. Then allow yourself to update and start with the above method of visualizing your internal state.

The next step is the creation of a moodboard. This is a kind of collage of magazine clippings, pieces of fabric, photographs with images that represent the future decor for your apartment or your new wardrobe. Now, you can use the authoritative magazines you have accumulated in the right direction for yourself and materialize your new image in a collage.

If you don’t know for which pictures you are ready to shred magazines, then the Internet will always help you. Look at such Internet resources as pinterest.com, tumblr.com, where there is a huge number of ready-made design solutions and images of individual interior items, prints, paintings, clothing items.

For those who like to create collages on a computer, we recommend that you pay attention to the polyvore.com resource, where you can already create your own stylistic solutions using ready-made forms.

Create your first moodboard with whatever you have on hand, but get ready to tweak it further. The more pictures you look at, the better you will understand what you really need. This understanding will help you to select more and more successful images.

Don't aim for your print to look up-to-date in light of today's trends. Your task is to find your basic image, drawing, picture.

Once you've created your moodboard and gotten a little used to your choices, take a look at what's trending today and what designers are using prints similar to yours in their collections. At the heart of any trend is a modern take on basic prints or patterns, so your print will most likely need to be adjusted to reflect current trends.

And so, now you know how to get to your basic print and even know that it will still need to fit into modern trends. Read about how to do it in the following posts.