lisa frank for grownups

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friend:  stickers

me:  don’t worry about it

friend: what are you, 12

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that is an actual g-chat conversation with a friend as i tried, and failed, recently to explain my excitement over the discovery i’m mere sentences away from revealing below. granted, the magic lies in the visual and words do not do my latest obsession an ounce of justice, but here, just look at this beauty (just forgive me the photograph).

those are stickers and this is art. meet artist payton cosell turner of flat vernacular, who creates elaborate sticker installations to meet a need you never knew you had. flat vernacular is a brooklyn-based design company that specializes in original hand-drawn, hand-printed, and bespoke wallpapers, and for all you design aficionados out there (or any child of the 80s who could boast of a robust and devotedly harvested sticker collection), i stoutly suggest checking them out.

i had actually been a big fan of payton’s “too much stuff” design long before i ever had this project on my radar or even knew the name attached to it. i became obsessed with her sticker concept in particular after seeing a house tour on a site called theaesthete.com, featuring some unbelievable sticker panels in a brooklyn heights apartment that recently belonged to lena dunham (of hbo’s girls). from a distance, the stickers successfully look like intricately patterned wallpaper and i immediately did my homework to see how i could get my paws on some.

this sticker wallpaper falls under the “custom” umbrella of flat vernacular and is entirely unique. size, colors, intricacy of the design, and subject matter are the most important concerns and the entire process takes about 3 weeks. per their website, “keeping things on a smaller and more personal scale is very important to the craft as well as the spirit behind flat vernacular”, an ideal the markoff group relates to and believes in wholeheartedly. to begin the commission, i started off an email correspondence with the lovely payton and initiated my consultation for a singular sticker piece of my own. like the coolest pen-pal you’ve ever had, payton asked me about my interests and she incorporated some of those things in the sticker panel she created especially for me. if you look closely, you can see planets, taxicabs, tennis balls, movie tickets, musical instruments, ice-cream, pizza, and flowers. was she wrong to infer i would also enjoy animals,  daiquiris and walkie-talkies? not at all.

tiny stickers everywhere, like a cheerful, jamie-shaped constellation.

~jamie

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