Fuchsia

The idea for this in-season floral pattern came from the admiration of the truly fabulous, exquisite shape and coloration of fuchsias in bloom. The florets are bursting with a vivacious display of deep pink, red and purple, with undertones of rose and lavender ; all in perfect and enchanting harmony. Radiant fuchsia, therefore, instills confidence and emanates elegance, optimism and vitality. Often described as a magenta, and as a combination of red and violet, fuchsia contains the passion and power of red, restrained by the introspection and dreaminess of violet.

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.

Pattern Development

This series was designed with Kidspattern as a part of a com­mis­sion for our Client’s Spring-Summer col­lec­tion aimed at girls aged 18 – 36 months. The sig­na­ture pat­tern was planned as a photo based digit­al print. Its appeal lies in the won­der­fully vibrant col­our palette of fuch­sias, ran­ging from juicy pinks and reds to lus­cious purples and viol­ets. These col­ours excel here at cre­at­ing a fun, bold and effer­ves­cent spring design.

Alternative Colourways

In this ver­sion, the photo pat­tern was set against a light-pink, speckled back­ground that was spot­ted with flat, white sil­hou­ettes of each flower. This mix­ture of dif­fer­ent grad­a­tions of tex­ture con­trib­utes to the dynam­ism and integ­rity of the com­pos­i­tion. Additionally, the flowers were enlarged in order to give one a chance to mar­vel at their intric­ate forms. 

Dark Background

Here, the buds were muted by recol­our­ing them into grey­scale. To build con­trast, they were tossed amongst the white sil­hou­ettes, and then jux­ta­posed against a deep cor­al back­ground.

We kept the reg­u­larly scattered arrange­ment of all the ele­ments and visu­al­ised them in a rel­at­ively large size, so that the pat­tern main­tains a good level of detail in print. 

Newborn

Lastly, as Kidspattern, we always provide our cli­ents with a sim­pli­fied ver­sion of each pat­tern to use in their new­born col­lec­tion. In this instance, we used only the flor­al sil­hou­ettes, in two col­ours, dis­trib­uted in a reg­u­lar arrange­ment on a light grey back­ground.

This mut­ing of the col­our palette was thought to be more age appro­pri­ate and con­trib­ut­ing to the over­all res­ult which is a much calmer, del­ic­ate and soft design that is also straight­for­ward to print.

Pattern in Print

Additionally, I’d like to share couple of quick examples of the final Fuchsia pat­tern in print. These are Client’s first cloth­ing samples, made for the launch of their Spring-Summer col­lec­tion. Please note that these images are provided cour­tesy of the cli­ent and Kidspattern and are used for port­fo­lio pur­poses only.

DID YOU KNOW

Fuchsia was first recorded on the Caribbean island of Haiti at the end of 17th century, by the French monk and botanist Charles Plumier, who named it after the German botanist Leonhart Fuchs.The fuchsia plant is named in his honor, and the color was first introduced as the dye fuschine. It became known as magenta in 1859, to mark the French victory at the battle of Magenta, a city in Italy.