If I were to say to you, go ahead mix up red and blue, florals and geometrics, retro and vintage and it will all come together, would you relish the challenge?
Whilst designing this Red Teasel collection ( which also has hints of cool blue hues to offset to rich warm tones) I wanted to break away from an obvious genre and create something completely unique.
Retro, vintage, contemporary, edgy, classic, I love them all, and selecting one kind would be like taking a sibling away from its family. I found the solution is to try mixing up patterns in a way that would be harmonious and make a room feel complete. The pictures below show a use of delicate branch patterns put together with bold abstract teasels arranged in a retro style geometric pattern. The contemporary vivid colour palette punctuated with pops of neutral browns and whites is the thread that holds the collection together.
My message is to be positive about mixing things styles and genres and see what happens.
Innovative ideas are born when we persistently question what if?
Here are a selection of pictures I took on a recent visit to India. When I design print & pattern here in the UK, I like to look at the elements of nature at work, for example light, texture, shadows and reflection. The photos below however, confirm that my bright colour palette is inherited from the motherland!
Edge of the Meadow makes sense of two very different cultures working together in harmony.
London this summer is vibrant with colour, action and pattern. A break from the countryside drew my attention to manmade patterns and movement in the city. We were too busy dashing between numerous art galleries to pause and sketch so now I can’t wait to start drawing and composing from all these rhythmic shapes and colours.
Sonya Delaunay at the Tate Modern and the Summer Exhibition 2015 at the Royal Academy were a treat for colour fanatics!
Art Deco Pattern Inspiration from The Imperial Hotel Prague.
Art Deco Style
Criss crossing lines and clean colourful geometric shapes make striking patterns in both colour and shades of grey ( see Prague trams below )When it comes to creating new colourways, the golds, deep teals and neutrals in this nostalgic colour palette may sit well next to Pantone’s colour of the year Marsala. I would be tempted to add some bright accents in there too!
Art Deco Floor Tiles at the Imperial Hotel Prague
Clean elegant lines and shapes on the floor tiles and windows from almost 100 years ago!