If you’re enjoying a drink on your downtime, why not multitask?
This set of six beautiful coaster designs will not only keep your furniture moisture-ring free, they’ll enrich your conversation. Enjoy the design and learn all about the origins of the famous place name Medicine Hat. Impress your friends!
An interview with Holly Barimah, Sr. Designer, Art + Craft, on her winning coaster design, Saamis: Head Dress of a Medicine Man.
The assignment was to design a unique piece based on an element of the Canadian culture that you find oddly compelling. Holly chose to make a coaster set based on the City of Medicine Hat, in the badlands of Alberta.
T+K: So, when you think Canadian, you think Medicine Hat? Why?
Holly: I wanted to design a piece that reflected a Canadian city that I have always been interested in, but didn’t know much about. I spent a lot of time researching the City of Medicine Hat, and became very interested in the meaning behind its unique name and its origins.
T+K: Can you share some insight on your design process?
Holly: It wasn’t difficult to decide on the imagery that I would use for this piece. I’ve always been fascinated with the intricate designs of Head Dresses. I created a simplified, custom vector illustration of the head dress, complimented by a neutral colour palette. I decided on a bold, modern, font to add positive tension between the illustration and typography within the design, while maintaining a balanced, modern look. ok.
T+K: Have you ever visited the city? What are the big attractions?
Holly: I have never visited the city, but after my research for this project, I definitely would like to. I am most interested in visiting the Saamis Archeological Site, and seeing the world’s tallest teepee, the Saamis Teepee.
I would also like to litter the city with my coasters, so that there is one in every home.
T+K: What is ‘Saamis’?