Vines of Clematis

This pattern design series was inspired by the resplendent blooms of clématis, a trailing plant grown for ornamental purposes. Its flowers are meant to symbolise the beauty of ingenuity and the trait of artifice.

These interpretations are due to its seemingly clever ability to climb around trellises and walls, and as such, it is admired for its resilience.

This pat­tern design 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

Overview

This pat­tern design series of flor­als were com­mis­sioned for a client’s Autumn col­lec­tion addressed to girls aged up to 36 months old. It was ima­gined in a col­our palette com­posed by Kidspattern from powdery shades of rose, café au lait and warm taupe. This taste­ful selec­tion of hues was then con­tras­ted with a full-bod­ied wine maroon.

The tech­nique employed to cre­ate the illus­trated ele­ments used through­out this design involved a unique mixed-media devel­op­ment. It is an inter­est­ing res­ult of a bespoke com­bin­a­tion.

The base was made from manip­u­la­tion of pho­to­graph­ic mater­i­al, which was then topped with an addi­tion­al lay­er of digit­al draw­ing. This pat­tern design was com­mis­sioned to be a digit­al print, hence this print­ing meth­od allowed to fully exhib­it the water­col­our effect and the tex­tur­al grad­a­tion.

Starting Point

This first base pat­tern is presen­ted in a medi­um size on a light, creamy back­ground.

The use of the full spec­trum of this rich col­our palette con­trib­uted to this design being bold and dis­tinct. However, a reg­u­lar arrange­ment and a fair amount of spa­cing in between the ele­ments provides an off­set bal­ance.

Monochromes

Here, the focus was shif­ted to the neut­ral aspect of the palette, which makes this pat­tern feel more nos­tal­gic, in tune with lit­ter fall col­ours from this autum­nal palette. It now also fea­tures an addi­tion of white to stand against the medi­um blush back­ground. Each flor­al was recol­oured in a mono­chro­mat­ic shade.

Moreover, the arrange­ment of the ele­ments changed to be more irreg­u­lar, which adds fur­ther to this design’s spa­cing. These adjust­ments pro­duced a calm and pared down ver­sion rep­res­en­ted in a lar­ger scale as an over­sized place­ment print.

Dark Background

The last design is suf­fused in a blanket of warm, soft, milk chocol­ate hues. Softly blend­ing with a dark­er back­ground, all the ele­ments were merged and recol­oured into one mono­chrome white art­work.

This res­ul­ted in a ghostly neg­at­ive of the ini­tial fully col­oured strik­ing option, which makes this one a great com­ple­ment­ary pat­tern. This ver­sion is the most sim­pli­fied, yet charm­ingly subtle and soph­ist­ic­ated.