A Floral Sort Of Day

A Floral Sort Of Day

A Floral Sort Of Day

Some patterns take just days to complete but some turn out to take much longer and be the result of several weeks of work.

This pattern was begun some time back – several months in fact – and used a different software (Xara Designer). But I couldn’t get it to look the way I wanted and so I left it for a week or so to go ‘off’ and then began again in Adobe Illustrator. I’d like to say it came together instantly but in fact I paused several more times before I was able to get it to look the way I wanted. Sometimes it just seems to go like that.

However, here we are with a finished design. I just have to see how it looks on the internet, see what other people say and then I can start getting it ready to hopefully use later this month.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Cavenham A Bright And Cheerful Pattern

Cavenham A Bright And Cheerful midcentury inspired Pattern

Cavenham A Bright And Cheerful midcentury inspired Pattern

The mid-century period after the war, particularly in Europe, was a great time of hope and expectation after all the horrors of the Second World War.

And this expectation and hope showed itself in the surface patterns that were produced by the innovative and talented designers that began to emerge in the 1950s and 60s. This pattern, which I have called Cavenham, has its roots in such designs and I have tried to translate it into a modern day pattern suitable for cushions and to provide a surface for tote bags.

The pattern is available in four colours created from the colourings in use at the time and are, Canary Yellow, Chocolate, Baltic Blue and Regal Red. My favourite is Canary Yellow, but that is just a personal thing.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

The Pattern That Will Become Stratton

The Pattern That Will Become Stratton

The Pattern That Will Become Stratton

Now that some of my patterns are on merchandise on both Spoonflower and Redbubbton I am having to give thought to the way in which I create them.

This design was created in Adobe Illustrator as just that: a pattern. Now I am learning that the hard work is far from over since I now need to convert this into a pattern that can be made available for use on products. This is quite different from creating the pattern in the first place and is, if you like, an extra step.

But it’s a big step as I realised as soon as I began doing this. This design will become a pattern called Stratton but to get there will require a lot more work on my part and, if the other patterns are anything to go by, a certain amount of luck. But slowly I am starting to understand the process and put in place some ways to make the transition easier. Wish me luck and look out for the new pattern to appear here soon!

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here.

Neat And Tidy Trimley

Neat and tidy Trimley was, from the very outset, intended to be used as a home product design with particular emphasis on furnishing.

It has strong roots in mid-century motifs and designs and, as ever, the colouring uses realistic midcentury-based hues. The effect is to create a clean well-structured cushion that helps to emphasise dimensions and size and which will go well with most types of furnishings.

The design is also available as a tote bag and in this capacity it works just as well. The cushion and the bag are available from Redbubble and both images are shown. My own image shows the cushions in a mid-century inspired room which uses on the walls the red version of the Claydon wallpaper which I am developing with Spoonflower.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and our other work on our Flickr page which is here while these two items can be found on our Redbubble page which is here.

Quirky Midcentury Claydon

People these days take mid-century decorating far too seriously with solid, formal patterns and sober, uninspiring colouring.

But, going back, mid-century was anything but sober: riotous change and a joy of living was in the air for most of the mid-century decades. There was great experimentation in form and colour and there was also a lot of borrowing from the burgeoning art movements of the time. To reflect this, I have created Claydon, a pattern full of mid-century quirkiness and fun yet just right for use in homes today.

The pattern is available in three colours which are, incidentally, authentic colours from the British Standard range of colours available in the United Kingdom at the time. Only two are shown above but the full range can be seen on our Flickr page which is here.

Dereham Wallpaper And Fabric

Created as a midcentury inspired pattern of small squares, most with a central motif, Dereham is now available to purchase from the well known Spoonflower outlet.

I saw it as both suitable as a feature or general wallpaper and also as a useful and adaptable fabric. As a wallcovering, it creates a sophisticated and pleasing look that will complement most decors. As a fabric, I have usefully shown it as both curtains and cushions.

You can also see larger versions of these images at the Dereham album page on Flickr which is here. On Spoonflower the link is here.

Tulip And Leaf

Midcentury Tulip And LeafSimple midcentury patterns always seem to look better and work easier than more complex ones – that seems to be a rule of pattern making.

And it is also true that easier patterns seem to be the more popular and successful than the more complex ones – and that would apply not just in midcentury UK! This pattern follows that rule and is a simple one of tulips and leaves and with an easy repeat that somehow just seems to look right. I created it in only one colour version although other versions were planned for later.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of all these images and more on our Flickr page which is here.