Solstice Squares

Today is the winter solstice 2018 and I happened to be looking for a suitable catchy name for this pattern which is actually called aff391 in my inventory and Solstice Squares seemed appropriate.

The design uses mid-century inspired motifs which are from my collection of small motifs that I use from time to time. I was experimenting with the placement of motifs in order to form a repeated pattern but using the motifs to actually make a shape to be repeated. The simplest shape to make is either a square or a circle and the particular shape used resembles either one or the other. The pattern, as you can see, is a simple one. However simple patterns are often the best ones to look at and are certainly the easiest ones to use as a fabric for making curtains, cushions or similar soft furnishings.

The background is a neutral grey to remind me that I could experiment with backgrounds in order to produce a series of designs for fabric and this is something that I will probably do in the months ahead in 2019.

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.

Mid-Century Multicolour

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Multicolour

Mid-century inspired pattern

Mid-Century Multicolour Swatch

The 1950s saw a flood of new and inventive designs which were quite different and, in a way, revolutionary. At first, they were too far from the normal appetite but they began to appeal to more and more people as the decade progressed.

This design, created with Affinity Designer, was intended as a fashion pattern to use as a dress fabric on my new mannequins that I have created from Daz Studio and imported into Cinema 4D. The colours used are typical mid-century hues of chocolate, middle brown, orange, marine blue and then magnolia and lovely nightshade for the flowers.

This design uses similar motifs and colours to those used mid-century although I have tried to give this today’s much more modern and vibrant look. I wanted to create a large pattern and after some experimentation I decided on the scale that you see above which I think looks both refined and appealing.

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

Cinema 4D Irawan Cloth Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Cinema 4D Irawan Shader

Since release 16 (I think) Cinema 4D has had its own cloth shader in the reflectance channel, the Irawan Shader, and I have been waiting for a good time to try it out.

Well, that time has arrived and the post yesterday used that shader for both the material on the sofa and the carpet. For those interested in such things I have posted above (and on Flickr) a detail of the image which shows the effect better.

For both textures I used only the reflectance channel, using a coloured layer mask in much the same way that C4D use for their sample materials. Yes, I know there is some moiré which, if I was clever, I would have got rid of by upping the anti-aliasing but overall, I am pleased with the effect.

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Leaf And Berry Wallpaper Swatch

Mid-century, at least in the United Kingdom, was not all about riot and colour and fantastic new designs, inventions and ideas – in fact, much of it was quite mundane.

But mundane does not mean uninspired or unexciting. This design is intended to show that more traditional and perhaps you would say ‘standard’ motifs and arrangements could still be interesting, varied and good-looking. This is not intended to be a modern, up-to-the-minute 1960s room; it can be perhaps thought of as the sort of room that the majority of people would have enjoyed. It is comfortable, tasteful and not lacking in charm. However, neither is it brash, colourful and intent on keeping you awake.

The wallpaper design keeps the room light and interesting while the other elements complement rather than attempt to dominate. Perhaps this room looks more modern that mid-century but this perhaps shows that tastes do not really change, they only rotate with the years.

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

1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread

Mid-century inspired 3D texture

1950’s bedspread Swatch

As the 1950s progressed, patterns began to take their place once again in the various rooms of the house which had hitherto suffered from the plainness and drabness of wartime.

One place where there was immediately space for patterns was in the bedroom and so, as well as some nice new curtains, I have added a new bedspread.

This design is in keeping with the 1950s in colour and style although the motif is my own. The background is chestnut and the householder has chosen this to go with the curtains and to provide a large area of colour to make the bed look warm since there is no heating source in the bedroom. For many people, this was a time of cold bedrooms but warm hot water bottles!

To provide some variety and to allow me to show other features of the 1950s, I wanted to create a night-time scene and so I have added a table light to allow the occupant to read at night-time before going to sleep. A book and spectacle case was already there along with the ever-present ashtray (something rarely seen in bedrooms these days).

I have not included a swatch for this image since it is not, in fact, a real pattern, it not being designed to have a repeat.

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.

Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

Mid-century inspired pattern

Hot Day

The weather in England is cold and damp and has been for sometime but in the summer the weather can be quite hot.

As a reminder of this I thought that I would convert the Curtain and Carpet room, which I have already improved, to reflect the forthcoming hot weather. I therefore used Mediterranean style tiles that I created for the floor and used a warm colour reminiscent of the colours used in Spain for the interior walls. I replaced the background image with something that looks a little more Spanish and suddenly the room was a warm one.

I have created a new pattern for this room to go on the curtains and the cushions and this pattern, I hope, conveys warmth, sunshine and well-being. The pattern, as well as having warm colours, relies very much on shape and form to, hopefully, create the impression of warmth and homeliness. On this grey, drab winter morning as I write this I can only feel cheered looking at the image and thinking of the warmer days of summer that are yet to come.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Fabric 1950s Atomic

Mid-century inspired designs shown as cushion covers

Fabric 1950s Atomic As Cushion Covers

Mid-century inspired atomic design created in eau de nil

Atomic Fabric In Eau de Nil

Mid-century inspired atomic design created in eau de nil

Atomic Design In Light Stone

The 1950s saw a host of spectacular scientific discoveries and investigations taking shape which were laying bare the secrets of nature.

Nowhere was this more compelling than in atom research. Every day it seemed, new, startling and sometimes frightening facts began to emerge, accompanied by illustrations, of the structure of the subatomic world.

Designers were quick to see this as a rich subject for use in surface patterns and the designs began to appear as wallcoverings and fabric. This pattern is a perhaps fanciful representation of those ideas and is here used as a fabric for cushion covers in two contemporary colours, light stone and beautiful eau de nil.

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