DESIGNERS. Veteran graphic designers Chris and Patti Garland of the marketing-communications company Xeno Design have expanded their business into creative services for interior designers and architects. Their new venture, Dream Cloud Images, offers digitally produced photographic prints and installations for a broad range of interior-design concepts.
Designs and photographs available from Dream Cloud Images can be reproduced on paper, vinyl, cloth, plastic, glass, or custom media to create wallcoverings, dividers, awnings, and furnishings. Wall, floor, and ceiling installations can be created and adapted to suit each client’s tastes and space requirements. Advances in digital printing technology have made it possible to enliven almost any architectural element imaginable.
Garland is excited by the prospect of helping clients explore the creative options for their home and business environments. He says, “I enjoy photography, product design, and problem-solving. I also enjoy the idea of figuring out how to creatively enhance a space using a combination of art and technology.”
Taken locally and mainly outdoors, Garland’s photographs are simple images of the Palm Desert and Coachella Valley environments in he resides. Dream Cloud Images include golden orange sunsets that warm the soul and long, exotic lenticular clouds floating in an otherwise empty sky. Chris focuses on incorporating the desert’s energy, spirit, and ambiance into his work. He strives to capture the magical, romantic, and empowering qualities of the natural world.
“There’s a fair amount going on in these images, both visually and spiritually. It is the sky, the air, the water, the light; it is the silhouette of the horizon and distant mountain ranges,” explains Chris Garland.
Prints and installations can be ordered featuring any photograph in DCI’s catalog. Chris can also create compositions, in which multiple photographs are arranged to produce a visually pleasing display. Chris also specializes in soft-focus photo illustrations which simultaneously energize and relax the viewer. His process is deeply intuitive and spontaneous: “When I am doing this work, it’s meditative. I’m relaxed and able to experiment—try new ideas.
DCI plans to expand their product line with clothing and accessory items, designed by Patti Garland. The products will use fabric that has been digitally imprinted with Chris’ photographic images.
Some of Chris Garland’s images are currently being exhibited at the “Skyscapes” exhibition at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, California.