One of the specialized design features we wanted to have here at The White Dove was customization. We felt it was important for our guests to experience an environment they wouldn't be able to find anywhere else. In order to pay homage to the individualization and innovation of the of late 60's, the timeless creativity that flowed from the souls of the musicians, the design plan incorporated reworked vintage, hard to find and limited edition artwork, custom upholstery and hand designed wallpaper. This is not your grandmothers wall paper! Wallpaper design is experiencing a revival. Companies such as Brooklyn's Flavor Paper started the trend about a decade ago, employing hand done screen printing methods and hiring street artists and hip graphic designers to come up with outstanding creative designs. In recent years digital printing technologies have made it possible for anyone to print images on a variety of substrates and surfaces, creating a new world of affordable customization for artists and designers. One of the first online accessible companies to target individuals interested in custom textile printing, Spoonflower, added wallpaper printing to it product offerings a little over a year ago.
Originally we were looking at a possible licensing collaboration with Flavor Paper on the series. In the end our designs are very specific the musical influences they represent. We decided to keep them exclusive to The White Dove and have them printed with Spoonflower. There are four designs, one for each suite.
The Garden Suite takes it's inspiration from the famous song written by Joni Mitchell and preformed by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at the Woodstock concert. It's wallpaper reminds one of blotter art. The illustration style is inspired by 1960's textile artist and animator, Malcom English. The scenes are images inspired by the lyrics, pictures of actual concert attendees and the final words said from the stage.
Our Station Suite is inspired by The Grateful Dead. It's wallpaper incorporates "the roses and the ribbons".
Heart is based on the musical styling of Janis Joplin. Her wallpaper incorporates images relating to both her music and personal style. Song birds, pearls, peacocks, album cover art and whiskey bottles.
The Experience Suite is a nod to Jimi Hendrix. The wallpaper design is based on a classic repeat pattern called damask. Damask is a an opulent style that calls to mind the flamboyant clothing Jimi wore. The individual motifs show the flying eyeball as Jimi, famously related from Rick Griffin's Fillmore poster.
These prints are the exclusive right of © Erin Cadigan. Erin Cadigan is the owner and designer of The White Dove Rockotel in Woodstock, NY. Erin has a background in rock poster art, textile design and fashion. In recent years she has been a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute Brooklyn teaching students color theory, design basics and how to create repeat patterns. For more information on repeat patterns, printing methods and textile design check out her textbook Sourcing and Selecting Textiles for Fashion