Autumn Garden

This is a showcase of two patterns I designed with Kidspattern, for a client’s kidswear collection. I’ve grouped these together as they share a similar neutral palette and both make use of hand-illustrated elements. Additionally, they draw inspiration from nature and bring to mind an early autumn garden, full of flowers, with birds chirping in the bushes. 

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Technique

Both pat­terns were turned into vec­tor graph­ics to ready them for flat print­ing. Elements with trans­ition­al shad­ing were broken down into lay­ers of Pantone tints, which makes these designs much more cost effect­ive and appro­pri­ate for screen-print­ing.

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

Retro Bouquet

This flor­al pat­tern is based on hand-drawn pen­cil illus­tra­tions of bou­quets full of wild, mead­ow flowers. It was also inspired by the folksy motifs that are often painted on wooden coun­try fur­niture, rus­tic ceil­ing beams and kit­chen utensils. It calls to my mind pressed flowers kept in-between the yel­lowed pages of an old diary, as a pre­cious keep­sake of a mem­or­able day. I’m really enam­oured with this pat­tern’s sen­ti­ment­al and nos­tal­gic feel.

During the devel­op­ment of my designs I exper­i­ment with many poten­tial col­our and arrange­ment com­bin­a­tions. Here is a selec­tion of three dif­fer­ent ver­sions.

Bouquet Pattern 1

Here is the first ver­sion, which has the bou­quets repeated in reg­u­lar mod­ules with plenty of space in-between the ele­ments. It is visu­al­ised in a rel­at­ively large size on a creamy dress. I enjoy work­ing in neut­ral and mono­tone palettes, which usu­ally are suit­able for any sea­son. This sepia set, how­ever, makes the flower bou­quets appear as if they’re faded and dried up, mak­ing it even more fit­ting for an autum­nal col­lec­tion. 

Bouquet Pattern 2

In the second ver­sion of this pat­tern the flor­als are arranged into vine-like columns, which work as stripes once placed on fab­ric. This arrange­ment accen­tu­ates the folksy under­tones here, dis­play­ing the flowers as if they were draped over the per­son wear­ing the t‑shirt. Its dusty, smoke-grey palette also feels nos­tal­gic­ally remin­is­cent of black-and-white pho­to­graphs, like the kind you can ima­gine bur­ied away in the attic of an old cot­tage. 

Bouquet Pattern 3

Lastly, the bou­quets are arranged here into a check. This causes the print to be much fuller and busier, espe­cially in this smal­ler size. To con­clude this mono­tone trio of pat­terns I recol­oured this ver­sion in khaki olive green. I feel this works par­tic­u­larly well because it com­pli­ments the rus­tic and homespun mood one might want to evoke if using this pat­tern spe­cific­ally for an early Autumn Collection.

Bird in a Bush

This design is built up from some hand-painted water­col­ours of leaves that I pro­duced. They cre­ate a won­der­ful maze of trail­ing vines. In their branches I have hid­den some pen­cil out­lines of small, curi­ous birds. I’d like to share two ver­sions of this pat­tern, both of which are inten­ded for cloth­ing for young chil­dren under 18 months.

Selection

The main ver­sion of the ‘Birds on Branches’ pat­tern attempts to main­tain the water­col­our effect. This was achieved by lay­er­ing flat tints of one Pantone on top of anoth­er, cre­at­ing a trans­ition sim­il­ar to a true gradi­ent. The first col­our option is a soft warm grey, the second one is a light olive-green that I chose to visu­al­ise on a baby dress. For the third we offered the cli­ent a flat, sim­pli­fied, single-col­our ver­sion of this pat­tern. This turned out to be a more con­trast­ing solu­tion but it was still kept in neut­ral tones, which meant it was still appro­pri­ate for the young­er age groups being aimed at.