Sharing what inspires me from the worlds of illustration, design, art, children's books, and everyday sights. I also post on Instagram @pauliswaber
First sights: I was fortunate to grow up in a family where art and design were part of everyday life, from my father at work on his books to the beautiful clothes my mother skillfully created for us. Our home—this photo was taken from the dining room window—was another creative opportunity. My parents were artfully free spirited in bringing together furnishings from disparate genres and gleeful whenever they found something "new" (usually old). Earlier, when every penny counted, they were very resourceful. Our television cabinet was painted a unique green and they even fashioned an elegant lamp from a large tomato soup can. My father painted its small diamond pattern, my mother sewed the lampshade, and a friend did the wiring. I never tired of looking at its pattern and was so surprised when I learned it had begun life as a humble can.
Later on my father taught me to save clippings of design work I found inspiring. For Lyle, he showed me his methods of collecting research photos (he called them "scrap") and of taking New York City photographs. I've never stopped taking my own New York photos and some of those have led me into a new drawing direction. Also among the hodge podge of images I collect are paintings and drawings I admire, art from children's books, textiles (I think textile designers deserve more credit), stamps, wine bottles, posters, and book covers. I'm thankful to my parents, whose joyful delight in their own discoveries showed me a way to see.
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