These are two forest-themed patterns I designed with Kidspattern as a part of a commission for a kidswear client’s Autumn-Winter Collection.
I’ve chosen to present these patterns together because they were both inspired by the idea of an enchanted forest. They are quite different interpretations of this shared theme though. 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. In contrast, the “Woodland Scene” design is aimed at newborns and hence its colour palette is softer, more neutral and monochromatic. This time the forest is portrayed as a fairytale home inhabited by lots of woodland creatures, a perfect setting for a bedtime story.
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.
This pattern was inspired by an idyllic, ‹storybook-like› woodland setting, in which the forest’s trees and bushes are full of various wild inhabitants. Due to this design being aimed at the newborn and baby age-groups it deliberately utilised silhouette, paper-cut-like elements that are evocative of the illustrations seen in traditional fables. I also opted for flat, simplified drawings and kept the colour palette quite plain : sticking to a set of neutrals matched with blending monochromatic yellows. Please feel free to browse through this selection of some of the colour and arrangement alternatives.
Pattern 1 has the elements arranged into regular clusters, with plenty of space around each one. This made the design feel lighter and more delicate.
Pattern 2 is set against a rich, dark-yellow background. The silhouettes are positioned along a more linear narrative, are larger in size, but blend into the setting more.
Pattern 3 is a full-print, smaller-size pattern that focuses on the animals. They are highlighted in a shade of deep-yellow. They speckle the plain, white background and the pattern is rounded-out with further complimentary arboreal elements.
Here’s the final, selected, version of the « Woodland Scene » pattern printed on the client’s product ; in this case a hooded gilet. This body warmer was included in their Kids Autumn-Winter collection and was aimed at the 18 – 36 months age-group.
These images are provided courtesy of the client and are used for portfolio purposes only.