Aff415 Boats

This is a normal boat pattern of which every British decade, even the mid-century ones, have produced numerous examples possibly showing the importance of the sea to the United Kingdom.

There is nothing special about this pattern, the motifs are fairly standard and, you will expect this by now, the colouring is taken from my mid-century palette. The pattern was created primarily for fashion or soft furnishings although, to be honest, it is a design which I have not used and perhaps never will.

What is nice is the gentle flow of the boats and the restfulness of the whole image, an effect which I was not intentionally trying to create but which, nevertheless, is very welcome.

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.

Aff414 Seventies Flowers

This was designed to be a wallcovering, probably for a feature wall, and uses for its inspiration the type of pattern and the type of motif that was used in the United Kingdom in the 1970s.

The flowers are quite stylised and the design is intended to look ‘solid’ when seen from within the room as a visitor. In fact, once this design was finished, I realised that it had the potential to be used as a regular pattern for homeware and fashion products.

The colours are from my extended, mid-century palette and, of course, the background colour can be changed to suit the purpose. For some rooms it may be better to use a light background, particularly if it is intended to use this as wallpaper on more than one wall, or part of a wall rather than as a feature.

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.

Aff413 Barnly

This is a fascinating pattern that rather, and perhaps unexpectedly, created itself in the software as I began working. The intention was to make a small-scale, square device which I would then rotate by 90°, positioning it next to the first motif, and then proceeding from there.

The motif was inspired by a ‘bootlace’ idea that I was then working on. If you look carefully you can see the eyelet holes and the lace running across. This is then echoed with a little central oval to produce the final pattern. The colours, as you may expect, are mid-century ones, while the background is chocolate rather than pure black.

The overall look of the pattern is solid and swirly, intended to catch and confuse the eye and to make a statement. I have used a version of this pattern for some homeware products, wallpaper, cushions and a duvet cover, and I was pleased with the result.

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.

Aff411 Fish

I got into making patterns by being fascinated about the repeating on a regular basis of a motif and this is, of course, what patterns are all about and what makes them a pattern rather than a picture.

Although I have recently tried to make patterns with much larger motifs, I still prefer to look at a surface covered by a regular and quick repeating design. There is something almost hypnotic about seeing a design repeated across a large area, and this is particularly so when part of the design or, perhaps, just one element is depicted differently.

In this design I have tried to create fish sitting together in boxes but with some of them placed at a 90° angle. The way that the fish are created, as well as the colour scheme, is mid-century but the arrangement perhaps owes a little more to more modern aspects of pattern making. However, this is not to say that similar patterns cannot be found during the fertile, early mid-century era.

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.

Aff410 Nice Monsters

This pattern began life as a very different design intended to create monsters for another purpose but, on reuse, I was able to form something that looks just a little more friendly and which also forms a repeating pattern.

The design uses several background variations in different colours, one of which I did use to create some products with Redbubble. The colours are from my mid-century palette although it is perhaps true that the motifs are my own invention. However, I have no doubt, that similar motifs did exist mid-century were I to search hard enough.

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.

Aff409 A Present For Ottoline

I created this pattern specifically for homeware and fashion products and, after my usual deliberation, I gave it the title ‘A Present For Ottoline’ which I thought fitted the look of the design well.

The intention behind this pattern was to create something that I hoped would be distinctive and which would catch the eye whilst preserving my use of mid-century colours and, to an extent, the same sort of motifs. In fact, as often happens, the design for the motifs came from other work that I had done previously.

The end result is a design which has limited use as you will see from the representative items shown above but which is fun to look at (I hope) and which is also a colourful addition to my range.

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.

Aff407 Candie

This pattern is very much in the early 1960s style using motifs of stylised flowers which would, in later years, become much more flamboyant but which, for now, were a little more restrained.

The colour scheme is a simple blue and pink for the motif and a contrast and non-invasive scheme for the squares behind. The intention with this pattern was to create a design which looked pleasant and perhaps a little homely. My intention was to create a range of products on Redbubble which were both for homeware and for fashion and you can see the result above.

I did try other colour schemes but none of them seemed to have the appeal of the design above, which was the first one that I created and so there is perhaps a lesson there for me to learn. My wife is always telling me not to mess with the designs that I create because I rarely seem to make them any better!

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.