Photographic Inspiration from a Surface Pattern Designer
These pictures were taken on holiday in Northumberland a few months ago. A compilation of shapes, shadows, lines and textures occurring from the elements. Next I will experiment with isolating shapes, and explore how they relate and contrast to one another. This will form the basis of a new surface pattern collection.
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?
Autumn is one of my favourite times of year. After a long summer of never ending green the elements start to change rapidly in a short space of time. Clear air, and intense light, bring out striking contrasts and we can enjoy deep shades of reds, orange and yellow.
Beautiful objects fall to the ground, not forgotten and happy to be found!