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A late 1960's inspired dress pattern

A late 1960's inspired dress pattern

Based on 1960’s ideas and thinking, had this material existed then it would have been used for the sort of dress on which it is shown.

The design is a very 1960s simple geometric while, as with most of my designs, the colours used are from a palette that existed at the same time.

I know, incidentally, that there is some stretching of the pattern across the dress. I am concerned to show off the patterns that I create rather than to create photorealistic images and to speed up the process I have cut some corner with the way that the texture is stretched across the dress.

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My version of a 1950s style pattern

My version of a 1950s style pattern

My version of a 1950s style pattern

As promised, here is the second version which sticks more closely to the sort of pattern you would have found in the UK in the 1950s.

This time I have tried to make the pattern stick closer to the ideals of the original although, I have to say, I am no 1950s artist, I am sure that the designers of the time would have done a much better job. However, this does give more of an original flavour and, straight away, modern tastes will find it less desirable, I believe.

I have used the same sets and tried to use the same parameters so that this is a true comparison between what you would have found then and the way that the design might be interpreted today.

Which do I prefer? Interesting question for I am torn between my love of mid-century designs and the fact that the more modern design is perhaps the one that I would choose to put on my wall or curtains. Interesting exercise, as they say!

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My version of a 1950s style pattern

My version of a 1950s style pattern

My version of a 1950s style pattern

A double helping today of 1950s inspired design which is shown, as you can see, on both the walls as wallpaper and on the curtains.

This pattern is inspired by 1950s designs but, and this is important, it is probably not the sort of pattern you would have seen at the time. I have tried to make the pattern more acceptable to modern eyes by keeping it a lot more regular and structured than the designs of the period. That is, I have tried to take the best out of the design while preserving modern thinking and ideas. The result, I hope you will agree, is a very pleasant pattern that works well as both wallpaper in the bedroom and as a curtaining material.

The 1950s pattern would have been much less ordered and to try to show the difference I am working on a variation of this design that follows 1950s thinking much more carefully and I will use this as both a wall covering and as curtaining and you can judge for yourself. Hopefully I will be able to post this later today.

This was assembled in Cinema 4D using my bedroom set and my living room curtain set while the design was constructed in Adobe Illustrator.

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A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

As promised, here is a development of the same pattern in the same room but this time even more 1960’s orientated.

The pattern has been expanded and there is a fresh colour on the adjoining wall to create a warm room that looks just that little bit more vibrant.

Patterns from the period would have you believe that even more extravagant designs proliferated but this may not in reality be the case. Many of those patterns were made as demonstration or show pieces and the vast majority of people went for middle-of-the-road designs such as this one.

Now that it is complete and finished, I have to say that I like the look of this room and feel that it is a room that I could happily live in if I could go back to the 1960s (which I can’t).

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A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

A 1960s wallpaper surfacepattern

I have to be honest and say that this pattern has been, and still very much is, a personal favourite of mine and so I make no excuses for showing you two versions of it.

It is a pattern design that appeared in the 1960’s and owes much to the thinking and design ethos of that period. This version is the more subdued (and warmer) version of the surface pattern and is shown in my 1960’s living room set. Here it looks quite tame and could almost (apart from the furnishings in the room) be from a modern set. To show how versatile it is, I will show a very different version next.

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A lovely late 1960's inspired fabric

A lovely late 1960's inspired fabric

The 1960’s, if it was anything, was a time of hope, experimentation and a tremendous love of living that has never yet been equaled.

In the 1960’s so much was invented, adapted and changed and flowers were just one of the objects that changed forever. Here, on this dress fabric design, the flowers are highly stylized, quite unlike the post- or pre-war examples and resemble, to be honest, over-generous gear wheels! However, they had an unequaled joie de vivre that gave them unequivocal pride of place on the alter of fashion.

This surfacepattern tries to recreate the flowered prints that first began to appear in the middle of the 1960’s.

Furnishing Fabrics Second Part

Modern furnishing fabric patterns

Modern furnishing fabric patterns

These are the other two furnishing fabrics created with the program Filter Forge and it follows on from yesterday’s post.

These are similar patterns but they seem, on the face of it, a little more complex but in fact they were made with the same filter. As a texture for virtual furnishings they give a very good representation, I believe, of how the design would look if it were a fabric.

Again, it goes without saying that these patterns have the same versatility and scope, as well as the same intricate and beguiling colour variations that are present in the first two examples. I am, I have to say, very pleased with the results obtained with this filter and with the look and presentation that this texture brings to the furniture.