Graphic Botanicals

The inspiration for this surface pattern series was derived from the dialogue between geometric and organic elements. This is reflected in the interconnection of digital flat shapes with the hand drawn free-flowing line drawings.

By juxtaposing organised geometrical order, with nature’s elegant shapes, this design contributes to the ongoing relationship between the two.

This sur­face pat­tern design 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.

Surface Pattern Brief

This sur­face pat­tern series is a briefed com­mis­sion for a Spring — Summer Collection for boys aged up to 36 months old.

Below you can view the col­our palette com­posed by Kidspattern : two shades of brown matched with a duo of blues (light and dark). The palette is also shared with anoth­er pat­tern set from the same group. To view “Leaf Veins” please click HERE.

To cre­ate the ele­ments used in this sur­face pat­tern, the pro­cess began with a lin­ear out­line of dif­fer­ently shaped leaves and botan­ic­als with a digit­al ink pen. The main concept for this design involved using these in a graph­ic com­pos­i­tion struc­tured around a flat, dark anchor point. This con­trast was cre­ated by jux­ta­pos­ing geo­met­ric­al shapes with nat­ur­al ones, bring­ing in both abstract and organ­ic qual­it­ies to the design.

Further arrange­ments have the ele­ments brought closer togeth­er, so that they start lay­er­ing on top of one oth­er. This res­ul­ted in an inter­est­ing over­lap­ping effect, mak­ing this series very dimen­sion­al. These pat­terns are fuelled by inter­ac­tions between the lines and shapes of each ele­ment with­in the graph­ic com­pos­i­tion.

Geometric Shape

This is the main arrange­ment of this sur­face pat­tern series fea­tur­ing an addi­tion of a bold graph­ic square. The square acts as a focal point, whilst the remain­ing ele­ments are arranged and ordered neatly as a sur­round­ing flat lay.

Here, the design is recol­oured in brown shades from the palette, and is visu­al­ised in both large and medi­um sizes on a white, as well as tin­ted brown back­grounds. This arrange­ment was selec­ted by the cli­ent and went to print.

Additional Spacing

In both of these sur­face pat­tern ver­sions, the botan­ic­al ele­ments are spread fur­ther apart and are also rotated. This offers a more spa­cious and irreg­u­lar arrange­ment. The total num­ber of col­ours used here is reduced to only two.

In the first recol­our­ing, for vari­ation, the pat­tern is placed atop a light cream back­ground to com­bine the blues and browns from the palette.

Blue Jungle

In these sur­face pat­terns, all parts of the ele­ments are over­lay­ing each oth­er, which cre­ates a sen­sa­tion of a dense foliage. In this close-up, you can see more of the details of the inter­twin­ing draw­ings.

To end, these are recol­oured in a mono­chrome blue with an addi­tion of white. Placed atop both light and dark blue back­grounds they are visu­al­ised in both : medi­um and large sizes.

Surface Pattern in Print

Please browse through a slideshow selec­tion of a few examples of this pat­tern in print. These are pho­to­graphs from the launch of the client’s Spring-Summer Collection in their brand shop. Here you may observe how the pat­tern was used and how it fits with­in the wider con­text of the col­our group.

Please note that these images are provided cour­tesy of the cli­ent and Kidspattern and are used for port­fo­lio pur­poses only.

“I’m like a plant, I reach for the sun.”

Carole King