My Pattern and Print
Flower heads, lace and geometry are not a usual combination but I realised they are some of my favourite things.
Who doesn’t adore flowers (especially those that are gifts!) the texture of the petals to the rich colours, perfect for painting. Lace also fascinates me, the delicate details and designs, someday I would like to take a lace making course preferably in a beautiful setting in the countryside (suggestions welcome) and I do love shapes, squares and triangles in various forms can keep me amused for hours, from the most basic pattern building up into complex and intricate designs, layering with textures just makes me happy!
What started as a mismatch set of objects helped provide inspiration for a new selection of <black + white> patterns. Still a work in progress but if you are up for a challenge why not grab three of your favourite things and use them as a starting point….who knows where you will end up!
Where do you ideas begin? From a doodle, an image, a colour?
I thought I would try something a bit different and start with some simple shapes from tissue papers, I love the textural properties of tissue paper and the way you can blend colours and so easy to rearrange into different shapes and patterns.
Here’s a few of the patterns that I created from my Tissue paper designs, the Summers End Collection.
I ran with the idea a bit more and the next part is really exciting, seeing and selling your designs!
Working on some fabric and cushion designs from the collection which will be available soon along with the iPhone covers, cards and prints available from our shop.
I love the tactile nature of hands on pattern making and getting away from the computer for a few hours and just letting imagination take over! Any other creative inspirational ways in which you have fun and begin the design process I would love to hear!
Very happy to announce I am one of 3 runners up in the Tigerprint Male Fashion Icons & Symbols!
“Gorgeous pattern design here and so clever with the bow tie element used. We particularly loved the use of textures in all of Patternandco’s designs. Great work!”
Finished my handmade stitched postcard for The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap and it’s now winging its way to Canada!
Below is my journey or discovery from idea to finished piece starting with the inspiration.
As I was thinking about Tigerprints latest competition Male Fashion Icons I always had in my head the idea of a tie or bow tie as a classic symbol of men’s design and when I saw Paul Smiths Spring/Summer 2013 collection the idea was made, a classic necktie with a smart casual design inspired by the 1950s preppie look. It’s a fashionable look with a timeless appeal.
Amongst my many post it notes and doodles in my sketch book is a little wish, a dream if you like, to one day be published in a book! That little post it note took one step further today to being realised thanks to Kristi O’Meara Founder of Patternbase.
Kristi is creating a book called PATTERNBASE: A Collection of Contemporary Textile + Surface Design and a few of my designs are to be included.
(insert happy dance and a billion smiley faces here) words can’t say how happy!
Photo by Laura Berger
And I am in good company….Congratulations also to my fellow classmates Miranda Mol, Chickaprint, Faye Brown, Femi Ford, Mel Smith Designs, Majo.bv and there is many more but as I haven’t seen a facebook update or blog post I thought I would keep quiet in case they want to shout the news out first themselves. Group hug!!