18 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Swallow Tanager

Swallow Tanager by CourtneyKMann is my favorite Threadless print this week. Contrast is what makes this design sing, with the bird’s realistic, hand-illustrated look standing in opposition to the crisp geometric vectored shapes below it. Another asset is the balance of the piece, which leans the shapes against each other in a way that looks precarious. It leaves the viewer feeling that this bird might have to take flight at any moment as the structure crumbles, injecting some action into an ostensibly still life composition. I also have to shout out the unusual but very pleasing colors used, with the triangle landing in the greener side of a mustard hue, a shadowy grey grounding the piece, and a bright orange screaming with freshness. It’s good stuff, and works really well at evoking some retro charm in this design.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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