Threadless’s Piet’s Trap

Piet’s Trap by ThePaperCrane is my favorite Threadless print this week. I like the way it takes Mondrian’s style, known so well for its simplicity, flatness, and balance of elements, and takes it in a completely new direction. Plain, uniform black lines still define the shapes, but now they’re sometimes used at angles. Yellow, red, and blue still define the color palette, but darker shades of them slip in to add shadows. The result is almost Mondrian by way of Escher, with staircases transitioning between layers, dark recesses, and shapes that jut forward. It’s like a playground for the eye, all accomplished with that trademark minimal style. Very cool!

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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