Inspired by a passion for the art of music, the base artwork for this design is a collage made from snippets of various instruments. This multi-faceted portrait celebrates these exquisite tools for self expression, with which one can convey what mere words often fail to.
As with all artistic endeavours, music tends to remind us that we can find joy through repetition and diligent practise to improve and learn new skills.
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.
Drawing inspiration from still life representations in the Cubism art movement — in particular the important role of the famous Guitar paintings by Picasso — this artwork attempts to employ a similar use of geometric figures in its core structure. In Cubism, artists began to break up the subject into many different shapes and then repaint them from different angles in an effort to find new ways to transfer three-dimensional representations onto a flat canvas.
Similarly, this design aims to create a pattern by rearranging and juxtaposing building blocks created by cut-out pieces of photographs.
This design is from a series of pattern development commission for a client’s Autumn — Winter series for Boys aged up to 36 months old. The colour palette for this design was created by Kidspattern and was set at a range of warm browns matched with a cold beige and two shades of classic blue (a medium and a dark tone).
The central element was based on a series of photographs, which were cropped and reassembled again with the aim to create a new hybrid that unifies and celebrates all kinds of musical instruments. The focus was placed on highlighting the intricate detail of particular features from instruments such as a trombone, violin, cello and an electric guitar.
Above you can view the base element matched with a check, which was selected as a complimentary print. Additionally, you can view an option to use a standalone module as a placement print illustration.
Here, the base option has the single element repeated in a regular manner, alongside two colour ways of this version.
The first option is presented in a large size with elements close together and set on a light cream background recoloured in brown monochrome to match.
Whilst the second is reworked in blue, with more spacing around the element and set against a checked, secondary print.
For the development, these options focus on the blue aspect of the colour palette. In both, the building blocks of the original element have been shifted around with an interesting result.
The spacing in between the interlocking shapes is explored and presented in two different arrangements: one features the addition of a secondary element checked pattern whilst the other blends in smoothly with the light blue of the background.
Lastly, the building blocks were recoloured in a way to incorporate the full spectrum of the palette, which resulted in more shading tint variation.
The modules are brought closer together with a regular rhythm in order to create a seamless repeat.
“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”