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.

Modern Mid-century

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Modern Mid-century

Mid-century patterns have a charm all their own and one that seems to resonate with so many interior home decorators today.

This design uses basic mid-century colours as well as mid-century motifs to create a simple repeated design that I have ‘scrambled’ to make it more interesting and, of course, make it more ‘modern’.

The design uses a background of off white with nightshade, reef red, fiesta blue, parakeet and canary yellow, all of which are from the mid-century palette.

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 Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating Swatch

With seating designed for transport it is often useful to look at the various options available to change the scale since this can have a big impact on the overall look of the pattern.

This design is based on mid-century ideas although the colouring makes it look quite modern. I tried several scaling variations and finally decided on quite a large format. These are bus seats designed for use on buses that travel predominantly in urban areas. Here the journeys are short and the travellers often either commuters or shoppers both of whom benefit from an adventurous and stimulating travel experience.

I hoped that at this scale the design would prove inviting and of interest to both adults and child travellers. Inviting people to use public transport in towns is important and I believe that bright and colourful seating can help to encourage public transport use.

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.

Wall Art 1960s Pattern Prints

Mid-century inspired pattern

Wall Art 1960s Pattern Prints

The 1960s in the United Kingdom produced some outstanding design which went on to influence to some great extent future decades in all corners of the world.

I always felt that the patterns themselves would make good wall art since they are colourful, good to look at and have an emotive appeal reminiscent of the period.

Here, two of my 1960’s influenced patterns are shown as they would look as wall art shown side by side. I have deliberately not given too much idea of size since this can be a personal choice so the pictures could be small images or they could, perhaps, be larger. Both patterns are mid-century inspired and both use colours from the mid-century palette that was in use at the time.

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.

Bedroom Or Not Bedroom

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bedroom Or Not Bedroom

This is a very simple pattern of shapes, or more accurately rectangles and chains, the sort of design that would, mid-century, have been offered as wall covering for a bedroom.

Here, however, it is brought up to date with some suitable early 1960s colours which give it a dated and rather romantic look reminiscent (I hope) of the sort of wallpaper produced during that decade but which could be used in a mid-century room today.

The colours used are quite unsaturated and the shapes are simple and direct, again the way that design was progressing at that time. It’s a fun pattern, fun to make and it would be fun to use as wallpaper or even as fabric.

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.