Inspired by Tapestries at the Cloisters Museum

Medieval tapestry patterns and icons were scattered throughout the 2018 fashion shows so I have a hunch heraldic images and antique floral patterns will be on the rise. I’m releasing a pattern & icon trend report in the coming weeks that will include more trend insight for commercial artists and designers, but in the mean time, I wanted to share with you the recent rabbit hole I fell into. 

I used to live within walking distance to the Cloisters Museum, an off-site MET Museum in the heights of New York City. The Cloisters is home to medieval European architecture and decorative arts, the tapestries and metal working being what draws me there time after time. They also have gardens and a little cafe! 

Medieval art is an interest of mine due to the craftsmanship of the era. I’m naturally drawn to art that has an overwhelming quality, probably because I am a natural collector and love to see an abundance of things organized in some way. Tapestries tend to depict detailed scenes packed with animals, flora, fashion, and pattern, so they are a great resource I refer to often when sketching for illustration clients. You can see the tapestries in all of their glory via the MET online collection.

Icons + Themes

Dragons  |  Unicorns  |  Stags  |  Gilding  |  Dark Backgrounds  |  Black Letter Calligraphy  |  Song Birds  |  Swans  |  Winding Botanical Florals  |  Fruit Trees  |  Grouped Wild Flowers  |  Historic Motifs  |  Conversational Scenes