Aff542 Pattern

I suppose I need hardly comment that this is a Belle Epoque 2 pattern intended for wrapping paper and is designed to have a bold and directional look.

The motives are simply taken from my collection of mid-century motifs and bear a resemblance to those that could have been used in the 1950s. The colouring, too, is taken from my extended British palette that would have been in use during the mid-century years in the United Kingdom.

I intend to turn this into wrapping paper and my initial thoughts are that, with its directional properties, it would make an excellent paper from which to construct gift bags.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff541 As Carpet On Stairs

After I had finished the previous post where I had created the set showing the carpet in the living room of a conventional house, I began to think about the scale that I had used. In fact, I began to wonder how the carpet would look at a smaller scale.

Following some experimentation, I decided to use my old stairs design which was originally created for the 1966 house project several years ago and which I recently bought up-to-date with the express intention of using it as a carpet set.

The result is the image above where you see the design as carpet used both on the floor and on the stairs. Here it is used at a slightly tighter scale where it loses the free flow but still looks extremely good although, it has to be said, it does lose something of my vision for Belle Epoque 2. However, the purpose of making interior surface patterns is to produce a design which looks good however it is used and enhances and beautifies the interior space which I believe this does. It was also a fun project to make which makes it all the more rewarding to do!

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff541 As Carpet

As I explained in the previous post this pattern is not quite Belle Epoque 2 because of the way that it is constructed but it was interesting to see how it works as a carpet where the requirement is for it to flow across the surface without looking too interrupted.

The set is a simple one with just a sofa and a carpet fitted to the contours of the room and at the scale shown, which is larger than I would usually use for Belle Epoque 2, the carpet does flow across the room highlighting the dimensions and enhancing the look.

The colours are mid-century from my extended palette and give a solid, interesting look to the space which I am sure would allow the interesting use of contrast in the final interior design.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff541 Pattern

This design has all the elements of Belle Epoque 2 from the way that it is constructed although, it has to be said, it is different from most of the other patterns in this series that I have posted so far. The design is constructed to allow for the motif to flow from one to another and so, to an extent, this destroys the idea of the fast repeat since this becomes much less obvious.

However, having said that, it still does have most of the elements that make Belle Epoque 2 looks so good. With the good looks, it was designed for use as an interior soft furnishing design although it is possible that I may decide to use it as a carpet texture because I have a feeling that it would excel in this role.

The design is constructed using basic elements that look, on the face of it, quite mid-century while the colouring, too, is from the same period. At the scale shown, the pattern looks quite together although at a smaller scale it does begin to look more like a Belle Epoque 2 design as the repeat becomes more obvious.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff540 As Sofa Material

I have to admit to being a little, or maybe a lot, conservative in my choice of upholstery fabric which reflects the type of material that was available and was used mid-century to cover sofas and chairs. This does not reflect the modern ideas of using much bolder and much more colourful material for soft furnishing which is why I decided to use the Belle Epoque 2 designs as sofa fabric.

Although I created the design with the intention of using the pattern at a small scale, perhaps smaller than that shown on the swatch which I posted yesterday, I have now had to have a change of heart. At a small scale this pattern looks bitty and quite out of place as a sofa fabric pattern. But at a larger scale the sofa becomes alive and it begins to look larger and much more comfortable than it did before.

To be honest, I am not completely sure that I like a fabric this light on a sofa and I do not think that I would be the first to rush out and buy one. However this is the sort of look that I see in interior magazines that I view each month so maybe it is right. Maybe you will like this, maybe you are more modern than am I.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff540 Pattern

When I first had the idea of creating patterns that I call Belle Epoque 2 I had the feeling that they would, in addition to having a fast repeat and a small-scale, be relatively complex in the motifs that are used. In the event, I now realise, my patterns, although following my ideas, our less complex than I had at first visualised and, to an extent, more open in their layout that I had intended.

Of course, it is difficult to suddenly change the way that one works although I intend to try and do this with future patterns but this design demonstrates very well, I think, where I am in the design process at the moment. It is a small motif at a relatively small-scale although the result is to produce something that is quite open and does not have the contrasting colour but I had hoped would be a feature of my new Belle Epoque 2.

However, the pattern is created and I want you to be able to see it and so I have created this swatch and I will use this for soft furnishing and perhaps try and think about what I have said above to help steer me in my future surface pattern designs.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff539 Dress

Having been able, at last, to produce a set that enables me to showcase fashion fabrics, I thought I would straight away use this design as a material for a dress.

The set that I have used is very similar to the previous example but with a different item of clothing although the model is the same. The design for the dress uses 1970s inspired motifs and also the colouring is very close to that which would have been used in the United Kingdom at that time.

I did experiment with the scale and decided that, because this is a Belle Epoque 2 pattern, it looks best at the scale shown.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.