E. A. Séguy produced 11 albums of nature-themed illustrations and patterns, drawing inspiration from butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, flowers, foliage, crystals and animals. I’ve always loved his work, but information on the man himself is difficult to find. This is his entire Wikipedia entry:
Eugène Séguy (1890 – 1 June 1985) was a French entomologist who specialised in Diptera. He held a chair of entomology at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in Paris from 1956 -1960. He was a French man known for his textiles work
Mysterious, right? That last sentence doesn’t even have a period! His biography just trails off, waiting to be finished. Ah well, perhaps he would have wanted it that way. Luckily, we have his eye-popping art deco patterns to keep us satisfied in lieu of his personal history. For an interesting article about his printing process (known as pochoir), check out this blog post by a preservation librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
I’ve made some digital collage sheets using his Art Deco patterns for scrapbooking and crafts.