A watchful rabbit finds shelter in a thicket of a berried shrub. It has made its burrow in a pocket of stillness amongst the teeming woodland.
Motionless, it delights in an unruffled respite from the outside hustle and bustle. Yet, it continues to listen in to any suspicious sounding noises, since the dusk is drawing in.
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 series is a briefed commission for the client’s Autumn-Winter Collection, for children aged up to 36 months old. The separation between boys and girls is discernible by the affixed colour palette, both composed by trend and colour specialist Kidspattern.
The boys’ palette is a selection of greys, juxtaposed with two tones of yellow and mustard. Meanwhile, the palette for girls is based on the tints of tan, alongside a comforting cream. These were matched with a maroon and contrasted with a deep, rich crimson.
Both palettes are made up from undiluted rich shades apt for an Autumn-Winter Season.
The elements for this series were chosen based on a woodland theme fit for Autumn. Berries are a symbol of harvest — especially Rowan berries, which ripen into yellow and red colours in tune with the respective colour palettes. Additionally, a rabbit was introduced to act as a lively point of focus to help to break up the wall of leaves.
Swipe right to go through the stages of the development, from the initial raw outline hand drawing — which was later traced and filled in with flat colour — to the finished final module in both colour schemes.
Separate elements were later created to allow for flexible pattern arrangement, which had to be universal and unisex to be suitable for both the male and female patterns.
Here are some of the simplified options created as complimentary designs, in keeping with a consistent, overall theme running across all the age groups.
First, the colouring has been pared back, focusing on the more neutral and muted side of the palette, whilst the spacing between elements is even and regular and has been visualised in a larger size. Additionally, some of the elements have been pulled out from the pattern and used as a standalone placement illustrations.
The design for boys uses only the rowan leaves, whilst a corresponding design dedicated to girls features just the berries amongst small single, scattered leaves.
Below you may also view an idea for a pattern, which pays attention solely to the illustration of the rabbit. Its modern, oversize approach is particularly suited for baby accessories such as a swaddle wrap blanket.
Here the main version of the pattern is presented in both colour versions. The botanical elements are arranged into a full print with pockets of clearance through which the rabbit is timidly poking out.
Both patterns are visualised on shirts in a medium size, where the spacing between the twigs is also explored. The boys option is a dense arrangement placed on a dark grey background. In contrast, the option for girls is slightly looser and light, hence set against a white background.
Line for Girls
For the girls’ line, contrasting options which focus only on the botanical elements of the rowan berries and leaves were chosen. Both use coloured backgrounds, but to a different level of intensity.
The first one is muted and uses only two colours, so that the leaves scattered amongst the white berries appear to pop out from the background.
Whereas in the next option, a large sized rowan berry twig is arranged into a downward fan composition. Due to its outline recoloured in deep wine, it sets it apart from the dark brick red background.
Line for Boys
Similarly, to the girls’ design, these concentrate on only the botanical elements. The first pattern uses the white background, whereas the second works from a medium grey. Both are visualised in a medium size.
By adjusting the spacing and the colouring, these offer interesting alternative solutions to complement the main version, which includes the rabbit as well.
Pattern in Print
Please browse through a slideshow selection of an example of this pattern in print. These are photographs from the client’s online shop of an item produced for their Autumn-Winter collection.
Please note that these images are provided courtesy of the client and Kidspattern and are used for portfolio purposes only.
“The truth is a rabbit in a bramble patch. All you can do is circle around and say it’s somewhere in there.”