mid-century lino

I had a little (unexpected) time today and so I decided to develop the theme began yesterday and show the way that lino was heading towards the end of the mid-century decade.

Computer problems take your mind away from what you are doing but they also give you a little expected free time which you can use. Linoleum began to be popular at the turn-of-the-century and a good many formal designs were created during the 1920s and 30s and up to the outbreak of the Second World War. After the war, lino continue to be made using these type of designs as I showed yesterday.

However the 1950s gave way to a very exciting decade in which design moved forward at a hectic and sometimes alarming rate. Much of the work that was done at that time was never carried forward into the succeeding decades and so much of it is lost.

During the 1960s the newspapers and the television was full of the scientific discoveries that were being made, particularly atomic one. The new designers that were then starting work were influenced by what they saw and produced some spectacular and inventive artwork.

Some of the scientific work depicted the results of atom smashing, something that is taken for granted today but which at that time seemed almost science-fiction. This lino is inspired by some of the patterns that appeared which show these explosions beautified in the minds of the designers.

I have deliberately kept the scale of the pattern quite large which I think is consistent with the way that linoleum was produced at that time. The pattern was made in Adobe Illustrator but the background is a seamless tile produced in Filter Forge.

I have to admit to being rather pleasantly surprised at the look of the pattern on the floor, particularly with its mid-century appeal and colouring. I also created the pattern with a different background and those two patterns appear as swatches on my Flickr page.

A large version of this image is on my Flickr page which is here.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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