• Dan Gardner

Signature Squares


This design was inspired by the beauty in creation. It was inspired by that feeling you get when you’re amongst nature, living completely within the present moment and nothing else matters. You are left only with what you see, hear, feel and smell. Those moments for me have often featured surroundings, colours and environments that have elevated my joy to inspire a mind-set of true peace and contentment. It is creation that we have to thank for such inspiration.



The colours play a very big part in the 'Signature Squares' design. It was important for me to reflect exactly what I see when I think about these aspects of nature. Painting on canvas was the best way of expressing these colours in my own inspired interpretation. The artwork was then scanned and printed directly onto the final product. A unique piece of inspired artwork to wear as a reminder of the incredible planet we live on.



My hope is that this design can represent not only the beauty in creation, but also the importance of living within the present moment, to appreciate that beauty more fully. After all, the present moment is life itself.



My initial inspiration for this design came from some of the places I have travelled to. Places such as Norway, Thailand, Italy, Indonesia, and of course my home country, England... they all gave inspiration for this design.



I've always found joy in the simple things of life and sometimes just looking around and feeling that true appreciation for the wonders of creation is what gives me the most satisfaction.



To create this design I sat down and browsed through my photography work finding all sorts of colours and tones that I wanted to base this design around. I also spent time outside to see and keep fresh in my mind the sights and the colours that inspire me most from nature. I then got to work in the studio using my photos as a starting point for painting onto canvas the colours that I wanted to translate into this design.


The design is made up of 4 wonders found in creation that has inspired me the most. Which are ---> Clouds // Autumn // Jungles // Sunsets.


Clouds:

I've always loved the sky and in particular, clouds. I used to go out by myself into the fields by my house and take photos of them for hours. I find it so peaceful to just lay somewhere quiet, maybe with just the sound of the birds singing, and watch the clouds pass in slow-motion through the sky. Casting all kinds of shapes... It's beautiful, and it's a part of nature that I love.


Autumn:

Autumn is my favourite season. The colours that reveal themselves during that time are just so rewarding to see. Autumn walks really do fill me with joy and peace. Especially when in the Lake District of England.


Jungles:

Although I wouldn't say I've experienced a wide variety of jungles so far in my life, I know that the ones I have experienced made me fall in love. Jungles inspire me in a way I find hard to describe.


Sunsets:

There is just something about a beautiful sunset that can capture you, take you deep inside a moment of peace and contentment, a moment where you feel connected and grateful for life.


We should all let nature in to our minds & hearts, and let it teach us. Observe it. The sky, the ocean, the plants, the animals... Take in its sound, be aware of it's stillness, it's movement, it's activity. Ponder upon these things and connect with the beauty of creation that is gifted to us by Jehovah.


I called this design 'Signature Squares' because I feel this design is the one most close to my heart and is what I consider a 'signature piece' as a designer. This design represents a huge part of what inspires me in life - which is in short - creation.




In a Nutshell:

The design represents an appreciation for creation and the beauty in colour that we can enjoy from nature. Providing those moments that inspire us.



Thanks for reading.

- Dan

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