Sub Rosa Carolina

The sentiment of a single stemmed, fragile wild rose, which grows with an abundance of fresh, unfurling leaves is pure everyday poetry. The sweet scented, deep pink roses blossom all summer and are loved by bees and butterflies alike. As a powerful symbol of love and adoration, roses provide inspiration to artists as a spectacle of fleeting beauty. 

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.

Incomplete Works

The brief for this com­mis­sion was based around its main flo­ral ele­ment being ren­dered in a mixed media tech­nique. The mood board and accom­pa­ny­ing key­words called for an unfin­ished look, col­lage effect and under­stat­ed finish.

We, there­fore, jux­ta­posed a detailed, close-up pho­to­graph of a full rose on a stem with the sim­plic­i­ty of a lin­ear out­line of a pen­cil draw­ing. The con­cept for this design was always to have it as an over­size place­ment dig­i­tal print.

Mov­ing the focus to the pas­tel green side of the colour palette and por­tray­ing a rose with­out any sug­ges­tion of a rose-tint seems almost a defi­ant act. How­ev­er, I feel the mono­chrome adds to the design’s sophis­ti­ca­tion and uni­fies the con­nec­tion between the pho­to and the lin­ear details of the botan­i­cal drawing.

Each pat­tern was com­pli­ment­ed by an over­size place­ment print to be used as an illus­tra­tion. The ver­sion placed against a bril­liant white back­ground looks par­tic­u­lar­ly crisp and elegant.

To com­plete this colour set, a ver­sion of the pat­tern fit for a dark green back­ground was pre­pared. It was pared down to fea­ture only one of the flower heads, which was then arranged in a tran­si­tion­al and scat­tered man­ner. The white flo­rals and the details of its out­line con­trasts nice­ly against the melan­cholic shade of green.

Printed Product

Since this was chil­drenswear spe­cif­ic and a bespoke com­mis­sion, here are few exam­ples of our client’s first cloth­ing sam­ples. These were made to launch their Spring-Sum­mer col­lec­tion and dis­play at var­i­ous trad­ing and sell­ing fairs. This hope­ful­ly should give an idea of the final use of this sig­na­ture pat­tern in print with­in the con­text of its colour and age group (up to 36 months old).

Please not that these images are pro­vid­ed cour­tesy of the client and Kidspat­tern and are used for port­fo­lio pur­pos­es only.

Pastel Version

On the left side bar, you can view the orig­i­nal colour palette pre­pared for the colour group by trend and colour spe­cial­ist Kidspat­tern. Here’s a ver­sion of the pat­tern recoloured to match it and make full use of its spec­trum. Togeth­er with plac­ing it on a white back­ground the over­all result is soft and dreamy. Since visu­alised on a love­ly sum­mer dress with the bow bal­anc­ing out the use of pale pink the pat­tern makes an ele­gant, pas­tel and fem­i­nine design.

Pink Version

The main mod­ule was recoloured to com­pli­ment a dark­er back­ground and with the pink part of the palette. This ver­sion of the pat­tern is com­posed out of rose stems scat­tered in an irreg­u­lar arrange­ment and was visu­alised as a full print on a dress in a rel­a­tive­ly small size.

The rose blends in almost seam­less­ly with the back­ground but is defined by only a sub­tle, almost ghost­ly white out­line. It com­pletes the image by act­ing almost as a reminder of its fleet­ing nature and a phan­tom mem­o­ry of the petals lost with the pass­ing of time.

“It is the time you have spent on your rose that makes her so important.“

Antoine De Saint-Exupery_PIC
Antoine De Saint-Exupery French writer and pio­neer­ing aviator.