Aff541 Pattern

This design has all the elements of Belle Epoque 2 from the way that it is constructed although, it has to be said, it is different from most of the other patterns in this series that I have posted so far. The design is constructed to allow for the motif to flow from one to another and so, to an extent, this destroys the idea of the fast repeat since this becomes much less obvious.

However, having said that, it still does have most of the elements that make Belle Epoque 2 looks so good. With the good looks, it was designed for use as an interior soft furnishing design although it is possible that I may decide to use it as a carpet texture because I have a feeling that it would excel in this role.

The design is constructed using basic elements that look, on the face of it, quite mid-century while the colouring, too, is from the same period. At the scale shown, the pattern looks quite together although at a smaller scale it does begin to look more like a Belle Epoque 2 design as the repeat becomes more obvious.

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.

Aff540 Pattern

When I first had the idea of creating patterns that I call Belle Epoque 2 I had the feeling that they would, in addition to having a fast repeat and a small-scale, be relatively complex in the motifs that are used. In the event, I now realise, my patterns, although following my ideas, our less complex than I had at first visualised and, to an extent, more open in their layout that I had intended.

Of course, it is difficult to suddenly change the way that one works although I intend to try and do this with future patterns but this design demonstrates very well, I think, where I am in the design process at the moment. It is a small motif at a relatively small-scale although the result is to produce something that is quite open and does not have the contrasting colour but I had hoped would be a feature of my new Belle Epoque 2.

However, the pattern is created and I want you to be able to see it and so I have created this swatch and I will use this for soft furnishing and perhaps try and think about what I have said above to help steer me in my future surface pattern designs.

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.

Aff539 Pattern

This design was made from the very outset to be a fashion fabric rather than a design for soft furnishings although, I do agree, that it would also make excellent material for curtains.

The motif is inspired by the patterns used in the United Kingdom in the 1970s and the colouring is also very similar to the colours used at that time although this does not give the pattern a dated or period look.

This pattern is, of course, a design that adheres to my Belle Epoque 2 ideas since it has a relatively small-scale as well as a fast repeat. I need to experiment to see whether, as a fashion fabric, it would look better at a smaller scale although, at the scale shown, it does lend itself well to soft furnishing.

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.

Aff537 Pattern

I decided to create another design to be used for wrapping paper and to help me I looked at some of the more interesting 1950s British patterns that had been created. This period used talent that had emerged fresh and eager to design in a hopeful world recovering from the horror of the recent war and is a fertile period for inspiration.

The design uses simple and very obvious motives to create a flamboyant and quite decorative pattern effect. The inspiration is very mid-century and the colours used are from my extended mid-century palette of colours that would have been used at the time.

I have already tried this as a texture for wrapping paper and I am pleased with the result although I want to try and make my final 3D image look a little nicer before I bring it to you. I have had some further thoughts about other uses for the design and, of course, it is quite possible that this could be used to make gift bags, the sort that I have already presented in this blog. In addition, this is, I feel, a pattern that could have a quite wide variety of other interesting decorative uses.

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.

Aff536 Pattern

I have been hampered for some time by the lack of a suitable 3D set that I can use to display designs created for fashion. I am pleased to say that I have now been able to produce a set which I am happy with and one that allows me to easily adjust the scale of the textures which is something that was previously causing problems.

The first pattern I intend to use is shown above. This design, as you would expect, has its roots in mid-century and the colouring is also based on simple mid-century colours which would have been in use at the time. The design was intended from the outset to be for fashion and the weekend has given me the chance to make some alterations to the mannequin set that I used previously which now allows me to display fashion patterns correctly and also lets me easily change the scale of texture.

I am putting the final touches to the 3D image and I will be excited to bring this to you shortly.

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.

Aff535 Pattern

This is a complex pattern but made up of simple parts to give a strong Belle Epoque 2 look and also with a strong sense of order and of repeating elements that take the eye from side to side as you view this swatch. This is, of course, a pattern that is designed for wrapping paper or possibly paper used to make gift bags.

The elements to create this design come from my stock of reusable motifs and, for that reason, many of the elements are mid-century in their inspiration. The colours that are used are also taken from my mid-century palette and represent the kind of colours that would have been in use in the United Kingdom in the mid-century years.

Personally, whenever I use wrapping paper, I like to position the paper as straight as I can depending upon the object that I am wrapping and for this reason I prefer wrapping paper that has a strong sense of direction. The alternative is to produce a design which is much more random and, although I do produce patterns like this, I find them less satisfactory for this 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.

Aff534 Pattern

This is a bold and very extrovert pattern that is intended to look a little more random when seen close to but, from far away, the pattern seems to become much more regular. It was designed specifically to be seen from a distance which the swatch will not easily do but you will have the chance, I hope, to see this pattern as wallpaper.

The motif is obviously a simple one which has been used throughout the generations and was, of course, used extensively mid-century. The colours, perhaps surprisingly, are mid-century colours and are taken from my extended mid-century colour palette that would have been used at the time.

I have done some initial experimentation to look at the pattern from a distance and I am looking forward to creating this design as a wallpaper to see if I can produce the same effect which I can then bring to you.

This design also fits my criteria for Belle Epoque 2 with the simple, closely spaced motifs and the fast repeat. It is, as patterns go, a little simple but I think that my guidelines could be stretched enough to include it.

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.