To celebrate the debut of the Chicago Dish ($48) on Tetra, we asked Hawkes to tell us more about the influences that are inspiring her work now, from concrete floors to color theory.
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Britt's current influences:
1. Frank Lloyd Wright's red concrete floors
I recently visited the Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House in Silverton, Oregon, and noticed his use of the red concrete flooring, which I had also seen at Taliesin West. It’s a bold choice, but each time I see it I love it more! Currently, I’m playing around with pigments to get the perfect red for future Chicago dishes.
2. Vija Celmins's graphite wave drawings
Her photo-realistic details shine through on each and every one of these drawings. I love that you can’t tell if you’re looking at a photograph or a drawing.
3. Sophie Taeuber-Arp's mixed-media works
I love her use of geometric shapes in her abstract paintings. She uses different components to give more depth to the compositions, so you’re looking at more than shapes floating on a canvas.
4. Color Theory
I’ve always been intrigued by color theory and the interaction of color. The color scheme for Sea + Pattern is very muted, but that’s why it seems so important to get the shades exactly right. I also love seeing my combination of colors together, so you can get a true feel for the color story.
5. Frank Stella paintings
The repetition in all of Stella’s paintings is very pleasing to the eye. They almost have a kaleidoscopic feel to them, especially with the glossy layer on top.