First design in a group inspired by the theme of an enchanted forest. The “Peacock Forest” design is aimed at kids and hence has a more elaborate palette of deep greens, complimented by cream and an accent of pink. It evokes the idea of following magical butterflies through tangled thickets of vegetation, made up of plumage-like ferns.
The second one, despite the shared theme, presents quite different interpretation (View the “Woodland Scene” HERE). Both are part of a commission for a Client’s Autumn-Winter Collection aimed at children aged 0–36months old.
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 pattern combines images of large fern leaves and tall grass with more exotic elements like peacock feathers and butterflies. This compostion was meant to be illustrative of the experience of exploring an enchanted forest, whilst marvelling at its’ extraordinary features and creatures.
The rendering of these elements involved digital manipulation of photographic material that were further touched-up with my hand-drawing. The aim was to simplify the initial image to arrive at a flat, vector design that was able to be screen-printed onto fabric.
This take on the “Peacock Forest” was inspired by images of lush meadows, hidden away deep within the forest. For this reason additional elements such as reeds and long grasses were added. To disrupt and energise the colour palette occasional spots of bold colour were introduced alongside the now familiar forest-greens.
To balance out the now contrasting green and pink notes I also added some neutral creams. This pattern was intended to be used as a placement print on a girl’s dress. For this reason its arrangement is more free-flowing and organic than other examples.
This alternative, slightly muted, version of the “Peacock Forest” reduces the main elements in size, places them on a pale-green background and arranges them into vertical stripes.
This intertwining of the ferns, peacock feathers and butterflies highlights the similarities between the forest foliage and the bird’s plumage. This mimicry creates a depth that is further developed by using a spectrum of blending greens.
This variation on the “Peacock Forest” is a bold, full-print version that is built around a profusion of forest foliage and plumage elements. These elements are medium size and arranged closely together.
The pattern’s greenery is offset and made more vibrant by bringing in the secondary colours (pinks and cream) via the butterflies. These overlie the main elements and thus appear to be ‘flitting’ across the verdant background.
By laying the pattern over a much darker background its mood changes entirely. Now it is more illustrative of dusk in a deeper, wilder forest, thick with luxuriant foliage, in which the pink fluttering butterflies seem to act as alluring guides and draw the eye in.
Here I’ve visualised the pattern in an enlarged size and displayed it on an autumnal jacket.