Efuto Fun

I recently participated in a fun project with my surface pattern design group, organized by designer Gill Eggleston. Efuto is Japanese for "envelope art" (e = picture and futo = envelope). The idea was to create take an envelope, get creative with it, and mail it to the person after you on the list. In turn, you were to receive an envelope created by the person before you on the list. I agonized a bit over what to put on mine but finally came up with some stylized black, silver, and white flowers. Although it was tempting to work in some color, I've been so drawn to black and white lately that I decided to keep it simple. I sent my efuto to Lesley Todd in the UK and received a lovely one from Krishnaa Shyam Sundar who lives in Bath, England. Gill has also put together a directory incorporating all of our efuto's. For that one, I submitted a slightly different version with my favorite lime green mixed in. All in all it was a fun effort and the finished directory, the Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers, looks fabulous.

The lovely efuto I received from Krishnaa

The lovely efuto I received from Krishnaa

Efuto by Laurie Baars 

Efuto by Laurie Baars