Yellow Fast Repeat

Fast repeat of a mid-century inspired pattern

I began making patterns many years ago and one of the things that fascinated me, and continues to fascinate me, is the effect that you get when you use a fast repeat at quite a small and compact scale.

This is a very old motif that, I suppose, resembles an Egyptian style seagoing vessel with its banks of oars but which was revived as a motif mid-century and found a use in wallpaper, but was used then at a much larger scale.

I have adapted the design and made it considerably simpler using it as a fast repeat and creating the image using a very small-scale. As a finished product, the eye is taken across and down (or up) by the successive rotations of the motif. I believe that this gives the pattern a very different and quite stylish look.

Again, I intended this pattern to be a wallcovering and I believe that that will be its final destination, although patterns like this also make very good fabric for fashions, particularly modern fashions since these type of repeats seem to be making something of a comeback.

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.

Black Background Wrapping Paper

ThiThis is perhaps a rather whimsical design that was intended for useas wrapping paper with a possible view to using it as the basis of amore general pattern to add to my stock.

Once I had finished and was pleased with the result I realised that it probably only had a use as wrapping paper although I have to admit that I do like the design. The motif is, in its origin, from the 1960s although the way that it is used and the colouring gives it a much more universal look. Experimentation to try and adapt this for use as, for example, curtaining did not produce a particularly good result.

However, I am pleased with the pattern and I have added it to my stock and I hope to be able to produce some mid-century wrapping paper in the near future.

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.

Green Cross Motif Wallpaper Design

One of the ways that I got into producing and designing patterns was because I was unable to find suitable 3D textures for the mid-century architectural interior visualisations that I produced.

In particular, I recall having great difficulty in finding suitable textures for wallpaper and it was, in fact, wall coverings that were the first designs that I produced. And my interest in wallpaper has continued over the years and it is still one of the chief targets for my design aspirations.

This wallpaper is mid-century inspired and it is intended to be a very simple, everyday wallcovering such as may be found in the average home during those decades. I hope to be producing some more mid-century rooms shortly and I will be certain to use this wallpaper design so that you can see used as I intended.

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.

Black Bananas

I have called this fun and rather whimsical design ‘Black Bananas’ simply because, when considering the colouring, I decided on yellow for the shape of the main motif which I thought of as that fruit. In fact the motif was intended to be, and was derived from, the shape of leaves.

Aside from that, the design is a straightforward representation of shapes from the mid-century library and even the colours used are mid-century based. They are, of course, black and poppy red together with canary yellow.

Towards the end of the second half of the 1960s decade there was a move towards high contrast colours such as these and, perhaps surprisingly, this design might not have looked out of place in a wallpaper catalogue of that era. The pattern was intended as a contrast wallpaper in a very modern, mid-century room and I have this particular design in mind for a future room and so you may well see it further on in the pages of this blog.

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 Magnolia (go so well together)

This was a complex design that was created just as a design and simply because I liked the idea and the colouring of it, rather than creating it for a specific purpose.

The inspiration for this pattern comes from 1950s type motifs and ideas and the colour is a midnight blue which was a very common colour in the mid-century decades in the United Kingdom.

To be honest, it is difficult to see a particular use for this pattern since it is too bold for wallpaper, even really for a feature wall, and the colouring is wrong for soft furnishings. I did try creating the same pattern in red but the effect was not what I wanted.  Sometimes it is necessary just to walk away but, nevertheless, I have to say that I like the look of the pattern and I particularly wanted to include it in my blog so that I can go back in the months to come and look at it again and perhaps be inspired by it to produce something a little more commercial

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.

Green Pointy Pattern

I am a little late in showing this pattern as I intended to do it yesterday, Friday, but unfortunately I did not have time and so I am working in the studio on Saturday once again.

This design was a fun one to create and was intended from the outset for curtains although, perhaps, the intention in my mind was to create curtains for a larger room, perhaps a corporate style room. The image above shows a hotel style room with curtains at the window.

The motifs, based as you can see on leaves, are inspired by my research into mid-century motifs, in particular those found in the 1960s in the United Kingdom. The colouring is intended to be mid-century although I have used my extended palette to make the colours are little more saturated than they may perhaps have been at the time, although this is in keeping with the designs produced in the second half of the 1960s decade.

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.

Red Mid-Century Inspired

This is a very nice, very striking pattern that has its roots in mid-century designs but which contains perhaps more than the usual amount of my own attempts at creative input.

The flowers are 1960s flowers while the design was inspired by the patterns of the 1950s, particularly those produced at the beginning of the decade.

The colouring is a late 1960s very definite red with the motifs simply coloured as a contrast. The design, unusually, was not created with an end product in mind other than to be a soft furnishing fabric to be used, for example, with cushions or possibly with curtains although one would need to be careful not to overpower the room. On finishing this design and creating the image I was struck by the pattern of the motif which tends not to catch the eye but to force a more all over look, meaning that this might be more suitable for curtain type material. I may put this in my ‘to do’ list and see how it looks with different background colours and different rooms.

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.