Autumn Forest Floor

Inspiration for this series came from images of undisturbed, solemn forest floors, caught in the grip of a chilly autumn morning. Imagine the undergrowth swathed in early morning mist and layered in a thin, crisp layer of as yet unthawed frost. Fittingly this pattern is populated with detailed close-up studies of items you’d expect to find scattered on the ground in this setting : leaves, pine sprigs, bits of fern, moss and pinecones. 

As a digit­al print com­mis­sion the design exper­i­ments with mixed media tech­niques, blend­ing digit­ally manip­u­lated pho­to­graphs with out­line draw­ings. The col­our palette, con­sist­ing of a beau­ti­ful ensemble of grey, beige and blue, was selec­ted by Kidspattern.

This pro­ject was a part of my ongo­ing col­lab­or­a­tion with Kidspattern. If you’d like to learn more about them please vis­it their web­site HERE. Alternatively, view the archive of our pre­vi­ous pro­jects HERE, in which I dis­cuss in detail the his­tory and nature of our work.

All cloth­ing-mockups presen­ted here are provided cour­tesy of Kidspattern and are used for visu­al­isa­tion pur­poses only.

Horizontal Arrangement

Visualised on this shirt for a boy (18 to 36 months) is the main selec­ted pat­tern. The use of a dark aegean blue as the primary back­ground col­our makes this ver­sion of the pat­tern more fit­ting for use in the Autumn part of the col­lec­tion.

To make the base mod­ule for the repeat­ing pat­tern the com­pos­ing ele­ments were arranged into hori­zont­al stripes. Then, to high­light the intric­ate details of the ele­ments with­in these stripes, they were dis­played in a rel­at­ively large size. The cool light-blue used for some of the leaves con­trasts won­der­fully against the warm­er rust col­our­ing used in oth­ers. I think it makes it seem as if some of the ele­ments are genu­inely touched by a fine sil­very coat­ing of frost. It is iron­ic that this effect seems to work par­tic­u­larly well on leaves from a plant known as Silver Dust.

Please feel free to browse through oth­er col­our and arrange­ment solu­tions of this design below :

Version 1

This ver­sion of the pat­tern is much softer and fresh­er because the dark back­ground has been sub­sti­tuted for a light­er blue. The com­pos­ing ele­ments are also arranged a little more dynam­ic­ally because the orderly lines have been broken up and instead the pieces are more nat­ur­al­ist­ic­ally scattered around in their place­ment.

Version 2

As stand­ard this pat­tern was applied onto a basic white back­ground, although it worked equally well in all col­our com­bin­a­tions. To the left you can appre­ci­ate the full col­our palette that was used because it is dis­trib­uted across all the com­pos­ing ele­ments here. The col­ours and ele­ments com­bine well in this design to cre­ate organ­ic­ally flow­ing stripes that smoothly trans­ition across the mater­i­al of the jack­et. 

Vertical Arrangement 

This com­pos­i­tion took inspir­a­tion from the concept of a botan­ic­al herb­ar­i­um, which is full of dried-up spe­ci­mens that are cata­logued sys­tem­at­ic­ally into an impress­ive and encyc­lo­paed­ic treas­ure trove of nat­ur­al won­ders. Consequently, in this ver­sion the com­pos­ing ele­ments are spaced-out more and arranged in ver­tic­al stripes. Thus gen­er­at­ing the impres­sion that they are being presen­ted to the view­er con­sciously as part of an organ­ised col­lec­tion. 

Colour Options

This ver­sion of the pat­tern places it on a grey back­ground that, giv­en it is a winter pat­tern, makes it feel appro­pri­ately heavy, rich and moody. This col­our­ing also makes the pat­tern feel more muted and reserved and thus more mas­cu­line. This implic­a­tion was import­ant as this it was a pat­tern aimed at boys.

Below I’ve added a much light­er white-back­ground option.