Autumnal Treasures

Autumnal Treasures, is a design inspired by precious little finds brought home from an autumnal walk in the forest. Foraging in nature’s pantry not only keeps us connected to the changing seasons, but also mindful of the reassuring, anticipative cycle of growth.

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.

Overview

This design is from a pat­tern devel­op­ment series com­mis­sioned for a client’s Autumn Collection aimed at boys aged 6 – 36 months old. The ori­gin­al col­our palette pre­pared for this group by trend and col­our spe­cial­ist Kidspattern, con­sists of a selec­tion of refined greys com­ple­men­ted with two shades of uni­ver­sal blue. 

Celebration of the sea­son was rep­res­en­ted in an abund­ant selec­tion of ver­sat­ile nat­ur­al ele­ments like nuts and seed­pods. These were com­ple­men­ted by a fas­cin­at­ing little col­lec­tion of acorns, chest­nuts, pine cones, leaves and syca­more heli­copter seeds arranged amongst dried twigs, ber­ries and leaves.

These ele­ments were rendered in two dif­fer­ent tech­niques, depend­ing on the meth­od of print avail­able for the item of cloth­ing. The first was pre­pared for screen print and as such is lim­ited to 3 – 4 base flat Pantone col­ours. Whilst the second was set up as a digit­al print and thus explored more of a flu­id, water­col­our effect that seemed more fit­ting for such an organ­ic theme.

This effect was first developed in the pre­vi­ous design from the same Collection — Clematis (view HERE). It involved a bespoke com­bin­a­tion formed from a base, which was made from manip­u­la­tion of pho­to­graph­ic mater­i­al, topped with an addi­tion­al lay­er of digit­al draw­ing. You can see the artwork’s details in the close-ups provided above.

Newborn Collection

The first ver­sion of the pat­tern has the ele­ments in a reg­u­lar and bal­anced arrange­ment with even spa­cing, with the lines of twigs mark­ing a subtle rhythm in the com­pos­i­tion. Here the design is presen­ted in both large and small sizes and in two col­our ways.

One ver­sion focuses on just the grey side of the palette, whilst the oth­er incor­por­ates shades of blue. A sim­pler meth­od of print made this design more appro­pri­ate for the young­er age group.

Watercolour Effect

These designs explore col­oured back­grounds in both dark and medi­um blues. They also dif­fer in the size of the pat­tern and the spa­cing of the trans­ition­al, dynam­ic arrange­ment that the ele­ments are scattered in.

The water­col­our effect tech­nique allows for smooth trans­itions between deep full-bod­ied col­ours. These options were aimed at the older age groups.

Monochrome

In order to cre­ate a more pared back and subtle option to bal­ance out the bold vivid one, for this ver­sion, groups of ele­ments were reworked in pale, mono­chrome shades from the palette.

This res­ul­ted in a light­er and more under­stated design, which was matched with a white back­ground as well as a misty grey. The arrange­ment remains scattered and the visu­al­isa­tion presents two dif­fer­ent sizes this could be used in.

“Nature gives to every time and sea­son some beau­ties of its own.”

Charles Dickens