Once again, Frank Lloyd Wright as Inspiration

Almost 6 months ago, I wrote that this past summer on my birthday weekend, my husband and I traveled to Milwaukee for the 3 day Irish festival there. We got to see our favorite band, Gaelic Storm, three times! It was a really great weekend filled with fabulous music, a lot of great beer and some awesome trips to botanical gardens, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Taliesin, home of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

I took inspiration from all of these places, but none so much as Taliesin. The place was beautiful, and for the first time I understood FLW’s genius. Unlike more design-oriented people like my daughter Jeanne and my son’s girlfriend Rachel, I am sometimes unable to see beauty in things unless it’s explained to me. 

The buildings, the furniture, lamps, even the curtain on the stage provided me with such great inspiration that I attempted to make soap using them as a guide. This is the curtain on the stage at the theater on the property. 

And this is the soap I made using that curtain for inspiration. Although it didn’t come out the way I wanted it to, I really like the geometric pattern. If I hadn’t tried to do so much, I might have had a better final product.

My soaps often don’t come out the way I envision and you know what? I actually don’t mind. Well, almost never. Most of the time the soap looks awesome anyway and it’s always a surprise when I unmold. So although it didn’t come out like these two drawings as I intended, at least I was happy with it in the end.

Because I wasn’t totally happy with the end result, I decided to give it another try. And because spring was coming, I decided that pastels were the way to go. They weren’t. I also thought that given the architecture of the gorgeous Taliesin property, I would include one of those elements and make it a more architectural soap. I don’t really like the way this turned out either. And because the bar is so big, I’m sure that smaller adult humans will have a tough time gripping the giant bar in the shower. Let’s not call it a failure, but a lesson learned. Here’s a picture, but I don’t have them stocked in the store because, you know, lesson learned. I called this one Not The Wright Soap.

I think I’ve determined that high contrast will look best in this kind of soap and that’s what I’ll go for again next time. However, I’ll be a little gentler with myself this time and not be so ambitious. I believe that I can make an attractive bar in a geometric pattern that represents the Wright Soap. 

In early March, 2020, right before covid19 took over our lives, I had the good fortune to be able to visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Although I haven’t yet figured out what that soap is going to look like, I’ve already decided on the color palette and the scent. Half the fun of the planning is done. I can still look forward to the fun I’ll have figuring out what pattern to attempt before I get my oils and lye water ready……

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