Night Forest

The pattern’s concept comes from imagining a forest at night that is full of blooming flowers, enveloped in billowing foliage, and spotted with small button mushrooms and climbing vines. The colour palette was composed by Kidspattern and comprises dark navy, warm brown, vibrant red, with notes of blush pink and off-white for balance. The composition and aesthetics are inspired by the work of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Below is the main ver­sion of the “Night Forest“ pat­tern. It was selec­ted by the cli­ent to go into pro­duc­tion as part of their Girl’s Autumn-Winter Collection, which I helped devel­op with @kidspattern. The care­fully designed mod­ule was inten­ded for a dark back­ground, made full use of the col­our palette and, once repeated, it cre­ated a rich and ornate full-print pattern.

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.

Break it Down

To cre­ate a base for the repeat pat­tern mod­ule I digit­ally hand drew all the com­pos­ing ele­ments, layered the col­ours by using each for a spe­cif­ic ele­ment and then inter­wove them togeth­er. To be evoc­at­ive of a set­ting fit for a mys­ter­i­ous fairytale I also peppered the dark-blue back­ground with white, star-like, dots. Lastly I sym­met­ric­ally reflec­ted the design to cre­ate the com­plete mod­ule. Below you can swipe right to view examples of this pat­tern in print. 

Creative Exploration

Please feel free to browse through the altern­at­ive arrange­ments and col­our solu­tions below. This selec­tion depicts some of the explor­at­ive steps that went into devel­op­ing this pat­tern, and which I go through in every design pro­cess. For each pat­tern I’ve attached a descrip­tion, vari­ous siz­ings and close-ups.  

Version 1

Compared to the final ver­sion of the Night Garden pat­tern this ver­sion uses a more lim­ited and win­tery col­our palette. It reduces the total amount of col­ours used to just two, which makes it more cost-effect­ive. For this highly detailed ver­sion I’ve inver­ted the col­our of the star-like veil of dots (from white to blue), which I think livens up the white back­ground. 

Version 2

This exper­i­ment­al ver­sion is more com­plex and intric­ate and was cre­ated by using the base ele­ments to cre­ate mirrored reflec­tions. The res­ult is this tiled pat­tern, which moves away from the ini­tially very organ­ic imagery and instead is more delib­er­ately orna­ment­al in its struc­ture. With the back­ground col­our set to brown it still uses the full array of the col­our palette but with dif­fer­ent tones now dom­in­at­ing. 

Version 3

This vari­ation makes use of the ori­gin­al pat­tern arrange­ment but presents it in a sim­pli­fied, mono­chrome col­our palette. Here I simply jux­ta­pose a vibrant red with a com­pli­ment­ing blush. This col­our­ing made it a good option for some of the spe­cific­ally fest­ive cloth­ing in the cli­ent’s Winter Collection. 

Version 4

I kept exper­i­ment­ing with the ‹mosa­ic tile› vari­ant of the Night Garden pat­tern and ended up cre­at­ing this rather flam­boy­ant and elab­or­ate option. To coun­ter­bal­ance the grow­ing level of detail­ing here I’ve presen­ted it in a more muted ver­sion of the col­our palette. I’ve also enlarged the over­all size of each tile. The kal­eido­scop­ic qual­ity is mes­mer­ising and I’m very pleased with this addi­tion to the set. This is not how I ori­gin­ally inten­ded the mod­ule to look but it is very sat­is­fy­ing when the cre­at­ive pro­cess takes on a life of its› own like this and leads you to some­thing nov­el — par­tic­u­larly when the out­come is so unex­pec­ted and intriguing !