This series continues to draw inspiration from a long-standing tradition of Decorative Arts. The aim being to create a modern reimagining of traditional folk motifs, based on stylised florals and botanicals. Brought up to date by using a fashionable coral palette and creatively merging diverse ornamental influences — this design offers a fresh interpretation of boho eclecticism.
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.
This detailed design was commissioned for a client’s Spring Summer Collection aimed at girls (age 18–36months old). This series shares a theme as well as a colour palette with another pattern design (see Ornamental Lacework). The range of corals, matched with accents of pinks was composed by colour and trend specialist Kidspattern. Additionally, this time it was contrasted by an addition of a space grey.
In all the presented variations of this pattern, the three main hand-drawn elements are arranged in a spacious, regular manner whilst the complimentary smaller ones fill the space in between them. The overall design is placed on a variety of coloured backgrounds to make a full use of the colour palette and offer a variety of uses.
Where possible, I like to begin by putting my ideas down on paper with initial pencil sketches. Typically, I then scan them in and develop them further digitally. In this instance, the next stage involved cleaning up the selected shapes and working out the details of the ornaments in black and white. I figured, for the sake of symmetry, I could work on only half of the ornament and then reflect it horizontally.
Below you can view the main, final elements that make up the base repeat module, which was then recoloured and repositioned in various pattern options. On the sidebar, you can view the intended colour palette.
As this series continued to draw upon a long-standing tradition of Decorative Art, it offered a wonderful opportunity to study various stylised botanical decorations from across the history and various ethnicities.
Nowadays, current tendencies are leaning towards boho trends, which among many other things, also affirms that influences are constantly drawn from the mixing of the cultures in modern society. Hence, this design is a subtle reminder for me to always stay curious.
Please browse through a selection of designs prepared for the Newborn Line of the overall Collection (age 0 – 9 months). This includes ideas for prints suitable for baby hats, bibs and bodysuits. Additionally, these patterns are matched with a Homeware Line that may be printed on pillows, blankets and bedsheets.
Firstly, the small leafy elements are scattered around in a simple arrangement, coloured in a palette of light corals to keep it neutral and soft.
The following two versions were made from shapes created by filling in the prepared ornaments. Interlocking these with each other in regular repetitions allowed us to create this full coverage design placed, as standard, on a white background. In this case, the focus was moved towards the pink side of the palette.
Next, these shapes were arranged in a regular simple repeat. This elaborate version takes advantage of the full range of the colour palette including all the pink and coral shades. The complimentary, linear outline made from the same ornament was visualised on a baby jumper with a suggestion for an embroidery embellishment.
Lastly, an outline motif was arranged into an intricate, delicate design. Its eclectic influences evoke damask and henna décor motifs.
These versions intensify and deepen the palette by placing the darker of corals as well as the space grey in the background. This now provides a lovely contrast for the elements coloured in pastels and outlined in white. These modern, bold solutions were the ones to be selected, purchased and printed by the client.
Below, please view a selection of quick snaps that should give you an idea of the final use of this pattern in print. These are our client’s first clothing samples, made to launch their Spring-Summer collection and to display at trading fairs. On the right hand-side you may see examples of this print incorporated into their Newborn Collection as well — printed on items such as a bib and a baby grow.
Please note that these images are provided courtesy of the client and Kidspattern and are used for portfolio purposes only.
I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it’s been pretty fun.