Here is the result of this exercise:
1.- Seek lessons of life hidden in every moment.
The Toile de Jouy motifs are a great example of this commandment. They depict scenes of everyday life and the characters always have great expressions on their faces.
The Seasons - Mustard on Ivory
G. P. & J. Baker
I feel that stripes could represent this mantra because of their repetitive nature that you can imagine going on forever, vertically or horizontally.
3.- View confusion as a prelude to clarity
Over scaled Florals appear a little busy from afar but their individual forms are very beautiful. I particularly like this example because it displays the tulips during many stages of blossoming or opening which could be taken in several ways: opening up to someone emotionally-giving them clarity as to your true character, or opening your eyes to see a new solution to a problem.
Damasks are an example of this commandment because of the fairytale feeling they create, a form that is still as popular today as it was long ago.
5.- Know what you believe in & why
For me, this fabric is a great example of what I believe in. I feel it exhibits the principles I find most beautiful in design. The subtle changes in colour and texture mix beautifully with the balanced geometric shapes.
Barbara Barry - Kravet Couture
36% Linen ,35% Cotton, 29% Silk
6.- Cherish the Earth, thankful for each breath you take.
Botanicals are a great example of this commandment. Portraying nature in all its beauty.
Fans - Botanical/Foliage
Allegra Hicks - Groundworks
60% Linen, 30% Cotton, 10% Nylon
You can find interlocking and harmonizing geometrics in many patterns. They look beautiful because of the relationship they create by fitting together perfectly, never breaking the chain.
8.- Create new ways to generate positive energy
Key Maze – Coin
9.- Find your place through choices you make
I feel this can be represented by black and white fabrics. Most choices we make in life are very black and white, each choice will have a consequence. What makes life interesting is finding the balance of these choices-the yin and the yang.
Angelica Trellis - Domino
Groundworks -David Hicks
10.- Know that your mind is the lifeblood of your future
Blood Orange is going to be a huge trend in the near “future” but it also represents a hunger for life and excitement.
Arboretum - Clay