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 Dress

Having been able, at last, to produce a set that enables me to showcase fashion fabrics, I thought I would straight away use this design as a material for a dress.

The set that I have used is very similar to the previous example but with a different item of clothing although the model is the same. The design for the dress uses 1970s inspired motifs and also the colouring is very close to that which would have been used in the United Kingdom at that time.

I did experiment with the scale and decided that, because this is a Belle Epoque 2 pattern, it looks best at the scale shown.

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 As Wrapping Paper

Because this is a Belle Epoque 2 design, it makes excellent wrapping paper when used at most scales because of the close placement of the motifs and the fast and very noticeable repeat. In other words, it is an instant hit with the eyes as soon as you see it which is why, of course, it would be difficult to use this design for wallpaper or, to an extent, for other use such as soft furnishing.

I have tried to tidy up my set to make the image will look a little nicer and to give a better impression of how this design would look were it created in wrapping paper.

This pattern is also suitable for making into gift bags but, since I have shown the last two wrapping paper patterns as a gift bags, I’ve decided to leave this as a parcel.

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 As Dress Material

I am pleased to say that I now have three mannequin sets that I can use for fashion patterns and the image here shows one of them which uses as a texture the pattern that I showed yesterday.

This set is a reworking of a mannequin set that I have used previously but now the texture on the dress is fully scalable. This was not possible before and it limited my ability but now that this problem has been solved, I am ready to go.

The figure and the dress are from Daz, a Genesis 2 figure, while the set is constructed in Cinema 4D. In addition, I have tweaked the lighting to give, hopefully, a better final result.

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.