Dark Pattern

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Dark Pattern

This is a little different for me in that it is a dark background pattern where most of my designs use lighter bases designed for wallpaper, furnishing and similar.

Not that this could not be a wallpaper, it is just that I can’t think of a set that I have in which it would look good. However, what I can say is that it was fun to make.

In this case the background is black (rather than chocolate which I usually use for black), brass, Paris green, poppy red and finally lovely anchusa, all of which, of course, are mid-century colours.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Bright Midcentury Inspired Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Bright Midcentury Inspired Curtains

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

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Mid-century motifs and mid-century colours can be used to create such a wide variety of designs and patterns that they can be used to furnish a whole home.

This particular design uses simple motifs and colours in a straight forward arrangement to create a bright, no nonsense pattern that is shown here used as the fabric of curtains. I was so pleased with the look of the design that I have just used the image of the curtains with no supporting parts of the room included!

The colours used are taken from my mid-century palette and, according to my notes made at the time, they are magnolia for the background with moss green, ribbon blue, cyclamen and poppy red the colours used to make up the motifs.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Disturbing Small-Scale Pattern

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Disturbing Small-Scale Pattern

This is a simple, small-scale pattern using browns and yellows which is designed to be used in the small and, before you comment, it was also intended to look less than usual.

In fact, the way that the motif is generated gives, I hope, a slightly disturbing and unusual look to the overall design. So, why would anyone want to create a pattern such as this? The idea is to produce a design, possibly for furnishing or possibly as a cushion fabric, that has an element of discord in order to make the visitor curious and to provide a sense of drama for their user.

This could, I feel, also be used very effectively in a corporate environment in order to get away from the normal corporate easy look and so create something unusual, noticeable and effective.

The colours are mid-century, and the motif is a simple collection of shapes that would have been available to the mid-century designer.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Flowers And Green Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Flowers And Green Upholstery

This was intended to be a furnishing fabric, designed for an elegant lounge or relaxation area and incorporating mid-century themes and tones.

To give the design a laid-back look, I chose lovely montella for the background and then used chocolate, poppy red and Bredon green for the motif.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Clean Flowers

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Clean Flowers

This is a nice, clean mid-century inspired pattern that uses mid-century colours from the British Standard palette as well as shapes that have a 1950’s or maybe a 1960’s flavour.

It was designed to be simple and yet to catch the eye, so it is perhaps a little harder to choose a target for the design. I originally intended it to be for furniture but, on reflection and having now seen it, it is perhaps more suitable for soft furnishings.

It uses a background which is magnolia together with yellow, red and green but incorporating also lovely nightshade and cyclamen.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Retrospective Dark

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Retrospective Dark

Mid-century patterns and designs were full of innovation inspired by the upsurge of new talent, the movement and mixing of artists from many cultures and, of course, from a love and appreciation of the past.

This pattern, while mid-century in its composition and style, also uses older and more formal elements for its motifs which give it, I hope, a charm and grace present in older designs.

For some reason I did not complete my notes at the time, perhaps because the colour scheme is so simple, but it looks like chocolate for the background and magnolia for the motif colour.

So far as usage is concerned, I perhaps saw this as a cool, stylish and elegant fabric that would be either for fashion or, perhaps more likely, for home furnishings such as cushions and bedwear.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Tight Small Repeat Blue

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Tight Small Repeat Blue

This mid-century inspired design was intended for a fashion pattern although, having finished it, it seems that it might have more general fabric possibilities.

In essence, it is a simple design that uses a more complex motif but a simple repeating pattern that is low key on one row and punchy on the next to give the final look an interesting and varied overall structure.

I chose mid-century type motifs and used midnight blue as the background with poppy red, magnolia, brass (lovely colour) and finally clover leaf as the colours for the motif.  The final look of the design is definitely the look that I was after when I began so I am pleased with the result.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.