BRIANA: Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! Let’s discuss Cupid’s weapon of choice, the arrow. Seems like they’re equally popular as a motif and actual styling item these days. What do you think? Are you in love with arrows or do they miss the mark?
KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: Best example:
I think they’re a fun way to direct the eye and give a design an overt focal point.
MARIANNE: I have been obsessed with arrows ever since I was a kid (I begged for a real bow and arrow), so the recent upswing in popularity is super appealing. I am a fan of them in typography in particular, and if I ever got a tattoo it would be a tiny arrow.
MARIANNE: Those are…aggressive.
DAVID HAYNES: And from elsewhere on the artistic spectrum, a classic of a different sort, another roadside attraction in Arizona.
I have to say, the arrow can make for one powerful visual.
KERI: I’m so torn about this trend. I love all the arrow items I see, but I have been fighting hard not to buy anything arrow related. I try (often failing) not to wear or decorate with anything too trendy, but I may be ready to end my battle against arrows. It’s just such a cute motif. I might even let myself get away with these awesome DIY feather arrows (…in a Mason jar. Two trends at once: Yikes!).
FARIMA: I’m going to get really cheesy here, but I love the look and meaning behind arrows. “An arrow can only be shot forward by pulling it backward. So when life drags you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. Keep aiming.” – Author unknown
HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Lately, I’ve really loved seeing arrows (abstract or literal) in quilt designs… I’ve noticed them popping up in the design community ever since we redesigned DHapp, but these quilts are a beautiful, modern way to bring them into the home…
ALYSSA: I just came back from Paper Source and lookie what I found! (Sorry for the poor iPhone photos.)
KAYLA: I’ll say it again, Jessica: We’re no longer friends.
We aimed our sights at arrows, now tell us what YOU think: