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.