TIFFANY MCKNIGHT | 612 RESIDENCY
612 SHADES OF SUNSHINE WALLPAPER PROJECT
"612 SHADES OF SUNSHINE"
When Amy Young approached me to create an Art Nouveau inspired pattern for wallpaper I was more than ecstatic to create a design that reflected both my personal taste and my clients. For several months we got together and shared patterns, discussed different styles, and brainstormed the philosophies behind the collaboration. And after many months of drawing and doing research we finally landed on a design that we loved, "612 Shades of Sunshine". Above you'll find the two selected palettes and below are images of the wallpaper that is currently installed at SixTwelve. Both palettes were produced by Ketch Design Centre and are the sole property of the artist.
MORE ABOUT THE COLLABORATION
"In the fall of 2009, when we discovered a dilapidated, two-story apartment built in 1929 and located at 612 NW NW 29th Street in the Paseo Arts District of Oklahoma City, I knew we had happened upon the perfect location for the community education center I had always imagined. The building was a vacant shell, reduced to nothing but studs inside. But peeking through the windows we could see remnants of curved lines in the framing of walls and ceilings, hinting at the transition between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, my favorite design periods. When we finally purchased the building in 2010, one week before it was set to be demolished, I had already begun to dream of the interior décor and knew one thing for certain—the inclusion of Tiffany McKnight’s designs was a must. I met Tiffany while in graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. While she focused on printmaking, I immersed myself in art history, but we shared a love for linear design that incorporated sinuous curve, bold color, and symmetry. The intricacy of her creations captured my attention and launched my imagination into another realm. To me, her work represented a Neo-Art Nouveau, perfect for the walls of SixTwelve, as our nonprofit was now known, so I commissioned her to create a wallpaper design for two of our downstairs rooms. Many thanks to Ketch Design Centre here in Oklahoma City for facilitating this dream. While working on that portion of Tiffany’s artist residency, Penny Candy Books approached us about collaborating on a project. This book is the result of that partnership and we couldn’t be more grateful. While Tiffany has found inspiration in nature, SixTwelve has focused on providing experiences in arts and sustainable living. Gardening and urban farming remain central themes in our programming. If one looks closely enough at Tiffany’s designs, one finds the micro and the macro of nature incorporated. There’s even a mushroom in the wallpaper design, homage to Paul Mays, our Director of Permaculture. Our partnership with Tiffany, Penny Candy Books (and its imprint Penelope Editions), and Ketch Design Centre not only produced a wallpaper and coloring book which enmeshes art and nature in its designs, it perfectly represents how important collaboration within the community continues to be. We can accomplish so much more together than we can on our own, and that is the main mission of SixTwelve: Sharing Tools to Build a Better Community." — AMY YOUNG Founder & Executive Director, SixTwelve