Mazy's Wonderland | Skillshare Projects

Dylan Mierzwinski

Illustrator & Lover of Flowers

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Mazy's Wonderland

M E E T  M A Z Y

Mazy, an oil painter, home cook, and self-proclaimed hippie has a garden to be experienced. Beyond the wildflowers and fresh snap beans is the spirit of a wild and free nature. Rich soil and elegant petals, budding tomatoes and tall, sturdy sunflowers. Mazy's Wonderland celebrates walking barefoot through a glorious summer in full bloom. 

Note: While looking through everyone's beautiful projects I noticed "Garden" was used a lot, so I went back to my mood board and collection inspiration and decided "Wonderland" fit really well, so I updated the name.

M O O D B O A R D

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K E Y W O R D S

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C O L O R W A Y  N O . 1 :  V I N T A G E   A F T E R N O O N

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T H E   P A T T E R N S

Lizzy House, pattern designer and all around creative powerhouse, said in a class on fabric designing:

"I like to think that when I color a collection that I’m doing a good job for you. I’m bringing together some fabrics for you, I’m actually finding things for you that would be useful in a lot of different ways because of how I’ve colored them, and then also because of the scale and the differences in the patterns."

I like her thinking, in that I want my collection to be less matchy-matchy, and more a cohesive curation of things you wouldn’t expect to work together. I plan on adding to this collection, and I think it’s calling for more blender prints that can bridge these 6 together. There aren't any great quilt mockups out there (understandably), but that's where I envisioned this collection being used. 

Here's the first colorway for my Mazy's Wonderland mini collection:

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(The patterns above are not scaled for actual use, but so the motifs could be seen together)

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A closer look at "Garden Plot"

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These two prints "Trellis" and "Queen Anne" are still contenders to be worked into the collection, but I'm still not sure if they really fit. 

M O C K U P S

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(Bottom sheet pattern is one that didn't make the final six called "Queen Anne")

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A  N O T E   A B O U T   T H E   P R O C E S S

Uh...so...this was HARD. I think most of you can relate to my brain, in that sometimes (a lot of the time) it's really hard on me in sneaky ways. One of the misconceptions I kept bumping against during this process was that since the best pattern collections look effortless and lovely, they must have been effortless and lovely to make. And since I was having to work so hard at it it must mean I'm not good at it. This just isn't the case. I had to remind myself that Bonnie refers to designing in collections as one of the hardest things she's done, so it's okay that it was hard for me, too! I changed my mind so many times: endless color combinations, reworking patterns, playing with scale, throwing things out. I wanted to build this collection from the ground up, as opposed to pulling from a library of past patterns, so I stuck to a mini collection of six patterns. The good news? It was hard work, but I was fairly addicted to it. I had to force myself to take breaks and step away so that I could come back with fresh eyes. I referred back to my mood board often, and constantly put the collection in the context of being used as quilting fabric. All of that paired with the encouragement and love of Bonnie and the Roost tribe got me through this wonderful and complicated puzzle. 

Next I'll be working out two more colorways. 

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