Aff428 Belle Epoque 2

This design is based around mid-century motifs and colouring, although I have made a special effort to give it what I hope is a turn-of-the-century feel and look.

Looking recently through some new interior design catalogues I felt that the world was becoming increasingly less decorated and that, as time progresses, there is less and less pattern. One of the reasons why I like mid-century design is because of the colours and the use of patterns for decoration during that period. It always seems to me that modern rooms (and also my own house) look too plain and architectural rather than decorated, bright and appealing.

This design starts new era for me which I am calling Belle Epoque 2 and which I hope will influence both my work and the work of others to promote the use of patterns for decoration both in fashion and around the home.

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.

Aff426 Kitchen Wallpaper

This was intended as wallpaper for a modern kitchen but which uses designs that are mid-century inspired although they are intended and designed for use in a room today.

An interesting feature of the 1950s and 60s was the use of ‘washable’ wallpaper, which was a vinyl wall covering that could be sponged or wiped clean. This was, to far as I know, the first time that wallpaper such as this had been offered for sale and it was, naturally, used extensively in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas look, like playrooms, which were likely to attract stains and similar dirt. A look on the Internet revealed that washable type wallpapers are still very much in existence.

The design, as I have indicated, has its roots in mid-century motifs, and in particular the motifs used in the 1950s. The colouring, too, is very much based on the colours of the 1950s which give the design a clean and fresh look, making it very suitable, I feel, for a modern kitchen diner.

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.

Aff423 Fashion Top

Going back to the post that I posted last, this design was created from the outset for the purpose of being a fashion fabric for a top and for the model shown in the illustration above.

This particular illustration is a scene that takes place in a bus shelter and is in the process of design and construction and so the image shown above is a small section so that both I and you can see the pattern on a garment and so get an idea of the way that it will look.

The motif and the colours are both from my extended mid-century palette although the way the design is constructed is quite universal and so it could be a modern design, or it could equally have been produced, I feel, during the 1960s or possibly earlier in the United Kingdom.

I am pleased to be able to get back to using these figures, which come from Daz Studio, in order to create artwork that shows off the designs that I’m making in the way in which I intended them to look.

Aff422 Pattern

I usually make patterns that have a specific goal in mind, be that as a wallcovering, a textile or perhaps some other purpose. In this particular case, I intended this pattern to be a wallcovering but as soon I began the creation process, it took on a life of its own.

As you can see from the swatch above, this would not be a suitable wallcovering except for the most outrageous room in the most stylish of houses. Once I had finished, however, I began to see that this was really a textile pattern which would be suited to curtains or, perhaps, as a fashion pattern.

The design comes from mid-century roots and the colouring is also taken from my extended mid-century palette. I did some experimentation with the colour and I intend to make some variants of this pattern to use both as curtain material and also as fashion on the maniquins that I used recently for a similar purpose.

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.

Aff421 As Fabric

As I said I would yesterday, I have changed the colours and also considerably changed the scale in order to produce a modern day fabric pattern.

In order to find something on which to put the pattern, I have gone back into the past and resurrected my old Cinema 4D model of mannequins placed in a shop window. I used this extensively for clothing and for fabrics and found it to be very useful. I have changed the texture on the skirt to the new fabric and you can see the result above.

I stopped making fashion fabrics some time back because of difficulties in presenting them but I am pleased with this result and so, perhaps, you may see some more in the weeks to come.

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.

Aff421 Wallpaper

This is a wall covering design which was intended for a room where pink is a predominant colour. I was thinking of a bedroom or a dressing room or, perhaps, a quiet sitting room or study in a tranquil house in the country.

The motif is similar to those used mid-century although, in that case, the colouring would be predominantly, perhaps, green or brown. For this design I have created something pink which I believe looks stylish without being too obtrusive or noticeable.

After I finished the design and had produced the final images I sat and thought, as I always do, about alternative uses and I decided that, in this colour at least, wall covering was perhaps the most useful final product. If I have a little time today, I will change the colours and see if I can produce something that would work as a fashion pattern since I have a feeling that, by using different colours, I can create something that might be equally good.

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.

Aff419 Wallpaper

Wallpaper patterns and designs are quite difficult to do because it is hard to see how the design will look once it is repeated so many times on a wall.

It is also hard because wallpaper needs to be relatively inconspicuous for the most part. The exception being for feature walls and even these look too busy and too complex to if they are created the same as, for example, a fabric pattern.

This design falls into the simple and inconspicuous category and is intended to be an everyday wallpaper pattern for today, although the arrangement of the motifs, and the simple motif itself, is similar to those used mid-century. Used on every wall this would not look out of place although, perhaps, it would be a good idea to have one wall as a feature wall and, taking for its main colour, one of the colours from this pattern.

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.