Mid-Century Dress Pattern Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Dress Pattern Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Dress Pattern Design Swatch

I was pleased with the mannequins I could make with Daz and then with Cinema 4D but I was not quite so pleased with the clothing that I used. The problem was not that the clothing was badly made, quite the contrary, it is made perfectly well but the way it is made does not suit the way I work.

However, some experimentation with the new version of Daz has resulted in a much better look for my designs. This is a Genesis 2 character and the dress is the X2 dress which has a simpler construction and so the fabric design does not have to stretch and so distort across the dress. The result is a much more natural and pleasing look.

This pattern is 1950’s influenced in the use and construction of the motifs but the colours used are from my newly extended palette and intended to represent those colours used in the latter half of the 1960s. The difference is that they are brighter and more saturated giving the fabric design a much more colourful and, I hope, pleasing look.

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 Design 80

Mid-century inspired

Wall Art Design 80

Mid-century inspired

Wall Art Design 80 Image

One thing I have always wanted to do is to turn my mid-century designed patterns into some form of wall art destined to grace the living room of either a mid-century inspired room or a modern room.

I have done several of these before but not, it seems, very recently and so I decided to create a pattern that is just for a picture. This design is sort of mid-century and it certainly uses mid-century colours as you will see below. In essence, it is a repeated pattern that is surrounded by background which I always think makes the pattern stand out better than it does, say, then used as a wall covering.

I have the advantage of a slight skill in using 3D and so I can also show you how the image would look as a framed art print on a wall using one of my simple sets. I think this is a great way to show off patterns and, as far as I can tell, I seem to be the only one who uses this technique!

As promised I have looked back to find the colours used and the background is magnolia (yes, I expect you knew that!). The motif colours are used in pairs and they are: eddystone and brass, midnight blue and castle grey, bottle green and lovely nightshade and finally Post Office red and middle brown.

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

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

Mid-century inspired pattern

Midcentury Inspired Carpet Design

I’m lucky to have some skill in 3D design which enables me to show off the patterns I create as if they were being used as, for example, wallpaper or fabric on an article of clothing,

In this case I am using my 3D set to showcase the use of a pattern as it might look as a mid-century carpet material. I created the design intending it to be used as fashion material and, in that role, it looked good but as a carpet I think it looks even better.

According to my notes made at the time, the colour of the background is Post Office red while the motif is magnolia, chocolate, golden brown and anchusa (which is a type of blue flower). These colours are taken from the mid-century British Standard colours 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

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers And Leaves Wallpaper Swatch

Large scale patterns like this one began to appear in the 1960s and this influenced the following decade and then, like all fashions, they vanished only to begin appearing again in this currently century.

I created this design from mid-century motifs intending it to be used at a large scale on this wall because I felt that the wall was big enough to handle the pattern. The colours used are, as always, from the mid-century palette in use at the time and my notes reveal them as midnight blue for the background and then middle brown, canary yellow, Post Office red and finally lovely parakeet.

I have to admit to liking this room and the design at this scale seems to lead the eye across the width towards the light from the window thus emphasising the dimensions of the room. If this were my room (and I have to be honest – I wish it was) then I would have this wallpaper no problem!

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

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet

Mid-century inspired pattern

New 70s Stair Carpet Swatch

The 1970s was a time to calm down the hectic riot of the mid-century decades before and concentrate on living perhaps a little more gracefully yet enjoying the ideas and innovations that the 1960s had brought.

One motif that the 1970s seemed to like was the circle and it appeared in wallpaper designs and elsewhere. This pattern, I have chosen to use it for carpet, is the sort of design that I think you would have been able to see in most carpet shops of the period.

My notes give me a long list of the motif colours as crimson, Pacific blue, orange, poppy red, eau de nil, mustard, oxlip, chocolate, golden brown, mimosa and lovely montella. As I frequently say, I often find myself changing colours and I forget to update the notes. In this case it looks as if all the colours mentioned did not make into the final design although by the look of it most did.

The background is an image rather than a solid colour intended to give more of an impression of carpet texture – you can see this better in the additional detail image on my Flickr account. Note that although the design is very 1970s, the set is more modern, designed and coloured to show off the carpet as well as I am able.

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

1950s Green Curtains

Mid-century 3D textures and set

1950s Green Curtains

Mid-century 3D textures and set

1950s Green Curtains Swatch

Colours tend to come in and out of fashion and the colour which everyone is using today will be the one that probably few will use next year.

Mid-century was not immune to this colour trend except that, because communication was slower and perhaps the pace of life more relaxed, colour fads tended to last longer. One particular colour which is not seen so much in modern times but which was very popular during most of the 1950s decade is green. At that time, quite saturated shades of green were used for paintwork, fabrics and around the house.

As part of my new collection of 1950s textures and objects, I have created a mid-1950s style surface pattern in this colour. You can see the swatch and the result of using this as a curtain texture above and it looks very different from the type of colours and patterns produced today.

The intention is to use this texture in a 1950s-style set which I am still working on but which I hope to be able to bring to you shortly.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.

Flowers For A Small Apartment

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers For A Small Apartment

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flowers For A Small Apartment Swatch

The small apartment that I created is really interesting to decorate and for this renovation I have chosen a bright mid-century red for the background on which I have used fairly simple stylised flowers.

Obviously in a room this small it would be unwise to use the wallpaper on all the walls although, as you can see, a good proportion of one wall is taken up with window and, being on the top floor, this gives an excellent view which serves as wall decoration.

As I continued to produce this image I imagined what it would be like to live in this apartment and, to be honest I thought that it seemed quite bright and inviting.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns on my fabulous and ever-growing Flickr page which is here.