There are ex-pats, and then there are transplants.

I am a Puerto Rican transplant deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest. Naturally, I sought out what was familiar about these two opposite ends of the world to make my wallpaper designs. You'd think the two regions wouldn't have much in common, but they do, thanks to colors and patterns in nature.

The color green is abundant year-round, thanks to pine trees and ferns. For example, Mimosa Silk Trees, known as trees of happiness, are great standings for red blooming Flamboyants, known as trees of confidence.

Both lands have coastlines, and if you want to see blue skies in Oregon, all you have to do is drive east to the desert, where the sky looks like the ocean and fallen pine needles like spiky sand. 

Considering the birthplace of the Pina Colada is nestled in the National Historic Landmark District of Old San Juan. Pine trees are synonymous with Oregon; I decided to cross a pineapple with a pinecone and make a motif in case I ever wanted to make a pattern with it. Many linguists believe that the English term "pineapple" derives from early explorers likening the image of the pineapple to that of the pinecone. Hence, I called the motif The Pinecapple.

Without knowing it, I had chosen my teachers. 

Pinecones are shells that protect and guard the naked seeds of mighty trees. Pineapples are challenging to grow from seed, and therefore, primarily grown in greenhouses. They need to be carefully tended over time until they reach maturity.

My Pinecapple motif seeded and sprouted into unexpected colorful patterns that are surprising and thought-provoking. Each pattern revolves around nature, symbolism, ideals, and meaning that not only delight, but also provoke rich conversation. 

Naturally I called them Salon Patterns, after Enlightenment Era gatherings in the early 18th century where men and women gathered together as equals to discuss matters of the mind, body, and soul. 

May your salon be filled with such pursuits.

And so it is.

Yours,

G


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