Aff410 Nice Monsters

This pattern began life as a very different design intended to create monsters for another purpose but, on reuse, I was able to form something that looks just a little more friendly and which also forms a repeating pattern.

The design uses several background variations in different colours, one of which I did use to create some products with Redbubble. The colours are from my mid-century palette although it is perhaps true that the motifs are my own invention. However, I have no doubt, that similar motifs did exist mid-century were I to search hard enough.

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.

Aff409 A Present For Ottoline

I created this pattern specifically for homeware and fashion products and, after my usual deliberation, I gave it the title ‘A Present For Ottoline’ which I thought fitted the look of the design well.

The intention behind this pattern was to create something that I hoped would be distinctive and which would catch the eye whilst preserving my use of mid-century colours and, to an extent, the same sort of motifs. In fact, as often happens, the design for the motifs came from other work that I had done previously.

The end result is a design which has limited use as you will see from the representative items shown above but which is fun to look at (I hope) and which is also a colourful addition to my range.

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.

Aff407 Candie

This pattern is very much in the early 1960s style using motifs of stylised flowers which would, in later years, become much more flamboyant but which, for now, were a little more restrained.

The colour scheme is a simple blue and pink for the motif and a contrast and non-invasive scheme for the squares behind. The intention with this pattern was to create a design which looked pleasant and perhaps a little homely. My intention was to create a range of products on Redbubble which were both for homeware and for fashion and you can see the result above.

I did try other colour schemes but none of them seemed to have the appeal of the design above, which was the first one that I created and so there is perhaps a lesson there for me to learn. My wife is always telling me not to mess with the designs that I create because I rarely seem to make them any better!

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.

Aff401

This is a 1970s style pattern although, it has to be said, it is a rather restrained one and was intended for the soft furnishings in a room of that period.

The motif is a cut-down version of a motif that I often use for 1970s patterns and I experimented with the colouring to make the design less busy and less colourful than perhaps I normally would have done for that period. This was a little experimental but the result, I am pleased to say, is quite satisfying since, as curtaining, the design looks cool and rather sophisticated in a room intended to be from that decade.

I also had in mind using this design for cushions although I soon realised that the pattern needed a little more life and colour variation for that 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.

Blue And Gold Hats

This was a fun pattern to make and the result, once I had produced the image, came over as really stunning. This is the result, primarily, of using a fast repeat with a background which is quite dark and distinctive.

The idea for the design came from late 1960s mid-century patterns although the motif itself is one that I created some time back for a different purpose. However, by using this as a fast repeat and by choosing gold against a blue background I achieved a quite eye-catching result.

As you know, I always have a purpose in mind when I create patterns and the idea for this design was that it should be used as either a fashion fabric or a fabric for soft furnishings. I had in mind, to be honest, it’s use as curtaining although I am not sure yet the type of room in which it could sensibly be used.

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.

Brown Handles

This was an easy pattern to do in many ways, not because of the absence of any technical difficulty but because of the way that the colours went so well together.

The actual pattern is a simple one of stylised mid-century motifs placed on a plain coffee type background. What I wanted to do was to create a 1930s style fashion look but bring it into the 1950s using best placement of the three colours used for the motifs. The idea was to make the finished design, when used as a large area of fabric, show a distinct and noticeable pattern.

The colours are straight from the mid-century palette giving a relaxed and open look that is easy on the eye. Intended as a fashion pattern, this would be equally at home when used for curtains or other soft furnishings.

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.

Early Flowers

This is called ‘Early Flowers’ because it is based on the type of flower motif that was used early in the mid-century decades and had been used ever since the beginning of the 20th century.

Here the motif is used, as it was probably originally intended, as a wallpaper or possibly as a fabric for curtains. I like fairly quick repeats and I also like to see the way that a pattern looks when it is composed of just one motif. As a wallpaper, this will not catch the eye but will look interesting and decorative on either a feature wall or perhaps two or three walls in a room.

In order to make the pattern look more solid, I have squeezed up the repeats so that, from a distance, the design looks pixelated. The effect of this is to make the dimensions of the room look less obvious and to try and create a softer feel to the walls. Used as a curtain material the effect would be a similar one.

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.