1980s Fashion Pattern

1980s fashion patternI am in the process of producing the first image for the 1980s room which I hope will be finished shortly as, while I am dictating this, the image is being processed.

Whilst we wait, I was looking through some 1980s photographs and I saw a pattern on a dress which particularly caught my eye. The pattern was at a very small-scale and those who know me will know that I particularly like fast repeats. I therefore created a similar pattern and spent some time to get the pattern to look at least a little random. Anyone who creates surface patterns will know that it is all too easy to end up with a pattern which, when looked at from a distance, appears to have lines or boxes where there should just be pattern.

I have no real intention of using the design as a fashion pattern although I might have a look again at the mannequins that I produced some time back to see if it is possible to make those look good enough. The pattern was created using Affinity Designer.

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.

Curtains For The 1989 House

Design in light yellow of medium size motifs for use as curtaining in the 1989 living room3D model of curtains in a hotel or function roomWe have the wallpaper, now this is the design for the curtains for the 1989 living room. There has always been, at least in mid-century times, a possibility of using the same fabric for various soft furnishings about the house so this curtain material could appear as cushions, or even as loose covers for a sofa or easy chair. I have not yet completed the design for the furniture although it may well be that I will use this pattern as the fabric for a cushion.

The design is a simple one and uses a motif that is a stylised version of a motif that goes back beyond Victorian times to the 17th century in the United Kingdom. If you look at designs that are used for fabric patterns, you will find that there are many motifs that owe their existence to the patterns created many, many centuries ago.

The colours are simple colours, the type of hues that would have been available to a designer at that time. The 1980s and 90s was on the cusp of the transition between ‘decorated’ interiors and the type of interior that we see today, which show much less decoration and more solid colours.

For that reason the pattern, as with the wallcovering, is created simply and easily without too much contrast in the colours or in the pattern. I have to admit to a liking for simple and easy design as much as I do the riotous and devil-may-care designs of the 1960s.

You, in fact, don’t see that much of the curtains in the room and so, to show the design better, I have used the curtains in this rather old set which was designed to resemble a large hotel or function room.

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.

Biscuit Tin Pattern

box04 testSomething a little different, at least for this blog, is this pattern which was designed especially to cover a 3D biscuit tin that I was making for an apartment scene.

The design is mid-century in its inspiration as are, to a great extent, the colours and the intention was to try to create the look of circular biscuit tins which were popular at that time. It is not apparent from the picture but the tin is 10 cm high, approximately, and about 5 cm in girth.

The actual motif for the pattern, once again, is mid-century in its inspiration and I took the leaves and part of the design to decorate the top of the tin. For anyone who is interested, the tins were made in Cinema 4D and the decoration applied with Bodypaint.

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.

Juilleurs

Complex design in browns intended as a wallpaper patternThis is a rather complicated design and is again, I am afraid, intended as a wallpaper pattern to be used as a feature or, perhaps, as there’s not too much contrast in the colour, as an all over design.

The pattern has a simple repeat but is intended to be used either way up which means that it will also make a useful fabric. I did experiment with different background colours and it may be that I will produce this design with a darker background with the intention of using it as, for example, a curtain fabric.

The inspiration for the design is, as you will realise, the 1960s in the UK while the colouring is taken both from the 1960s and from my expanded palette.

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.

Remley

Pattern of carefully placed mid-century inspired flowers on a background of leavesThis was a difficult pattern to do in many ways, not because of any technical difficulty but because I was very concerned about the placement of the various elements within the design.

The actual pattern is a simple one of stylised, mid-century flowers placed on a background of leaves taken from the standard leaf patterns that appear to have been in existence for many, many years. What I wanted to do was to create clumps of colour and so I spent a lot of time working out the best placement of the three colours used for the flower motifs. The idea was to make the finished pattern, when used as a large area of fabric, show distinct areas of colour, some more prominent than others.

It is a little difficult to see whether I have succeeded from the pattern swatch and, once I and back to creating 3D scenes, I intend to use this as, for example, a curtain fabric where I hope my intentions will become clear.

I have explained about the motifs, the colours are mid-century type colours but taken from my expanded palate that I currently using.

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.

Star Hall Walls

Hall wallpaper - no more plain wallsWhen I create a pattern I often have a use in mind for it. I know that is not how most people work but for me, being used to creating 3D architectural visualisations, I tend to think in terms of use as well as design.

In this case, the design was always intended to be a wallcovering for the stairway that I made some time back. Stairways are difficult areas to design because they are not large open rectangular shapes. I have therefore chosen a simple repeat at a fairly small-scale in order to give the walls an overall look of colour and texture without making them too obvious or too distracting. Adding the lighter carpet to the room has also helped to make the stairway look bright and open as opposed to the dull and dismal look that so many stairways seem often to have.

The colours are from my expanded palette while the designs are simple mid-century stylised flower motifs.

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.

Saladrons

Wall covering swatchAs you will know, I like making designs intended for wall coverings since this was the way in which I first came into contact with pattern making and creating walls for interior spaces is still a large part of what I do.

This design takes for its inspiration the motifs produced in the early part of the mid-century in the UK along with the aesthetic behind the patterns produced during the early years of the 1900s in Europe. This was a time when ideas and fashions changed and a lot of very inventive work took place. The colours that I used have been chosen both from the palette used in the 1900s as well as colours from the mid-century choice.

I use Cinema 4D for producing interior architectural visualisations and I have been informed that the next version of this software will have a slightly different method for creating textures. This is a method that I particularly want to use and for this reason I am being careful to update my work ready to use the new software this next month.

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.