For my part, I began designing Calliope’s New Look. I studied tons of pictures of what other folks had done with their vardos, deciding to do something a little different –my own unique twist on the elaborately-adorned traditional style. I played with color palettes, motifs, visual themes, etc.
|final designs for front and back walls|
At first my goal was just to make her look amazing. I wanted her to be intricate and beautiful and whimsical and eye-catching. I began sketching out designs that melded many of my artistic influences; art nouveau, Celtic knotwork, art deco, tribal design, organic forms and swirly shapes. A distinctive style was emerging.
As the project progressed and we became more invested in it – I found myself wanting Calliope to be more than just good looking. I wanted to infuse her with our hopes, our dreams, our joy, our passion, the things we hold dear. I wanted her adornments to be more than just decorative – I wanted the art to MEAN something.
(Continued in Part V...)