The Art of Designing in Collections

The Art of Designing in Collections - student project

COLLECTION NAME AND STORY:

Here is my collection name and the inspiration story behind it:)

I know it looks like a lot of random patterns at this stage, so still have loads of work to do with the scaling and coloring to actually pull it together. Cant wait!

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Wonderland Found is inspired by the animals and flora found on our farm in Namibia. It is a Wonderland indeed if you consider that this hostile, arid land can be the home of such magnificent wild life. It is inspired by the way the thirsty earth smells after the first summer rains and the most beautiful flowers that burst out in the fields. It turns the world into a magical place that only lasts a few weeks of the year, until it withers away beneath the unbearable heat. It is over so soon that you wonder if it was a dream, or maybe even magic? 

PATTERNS:

I actually feel like popping a bottle of champagne now :) I worked so hard on this. I literally spent every available moment working on this this week and it was so much fun. There is still things that I would have tweaked a bit, but obviously the time caught up with me and I think you start obsessing when looking at it for too long. Bonnie, thank you thank you thank you for opening this world to me. Loving it!

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ILLUSTRATED MOTIFS:

I still have quite a bit of work to do before I can start building my patterns, but here is taster of where I am in my process. I have used every method to create my motifs - watercolor, tracing photos with the blog brush tool, live tracing photographs, live tracing my own drawings,and even drawing directly in Illustrator. These motifs I am showing still need a bit of work (especially my parrot :) cleaning up and adding the final color, but just trying to get a general feel of what I will still be needing.

My first pattern is basically going to be these branches repeating next to each other, and I am going to fill them with leaves and birds and beautiful big blossoms.

My second pattern is going to be a bright and fun tossed pattern.

My third pattern is also going to be tossed pattern but with a bit more limited amount of motifs - these gorgeous rabbits!!!

Now back to work x

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BEGINNING DESIGNS:

These are some of the photographs and sketches I am going to be working from to build my motifs. I am definitely going to be doing some watercolor motifs as well, but am also basing that on these photographs and sketches.

I just have to share the story about these photographs with you. First of all we found this little rabbit on our farm, all alone this week. Unfortunately she was very injured by a dog or fox, so she didnt make it in the end. She seemed fine the first day hopping around and I got to take a lot of great photos of her. She just deteriorated after day 2 and now I have an inconsolable 4 year old :(

The beautiful florals is great one. I plugged in my external hard drive this week to see what old designs I have I can get a bit of inspiration from, and I came across this file of beautiful pictures I took FOUR

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YEARS ago in the garden that I grew up in.My dad still lives there.  I took it with my Blackberry back then so quality not great, but I took it for the purpose of using it for fabric design. Now I am finally doing it!! My mom died when I was 19, and even her favorite roses feature here which is so special to me!!! 

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INSPIRATION BOARD:

Although I did make an inspiration board in the first workshop, I decided to change direction. I just wasnt "feeling" my initial idea, and like I mentioned before, I realized during the first two workshops that its really important to design motifs you love, rather than things you think are nice but not really your style. Luckily I will be able to use or adapt some of my first patterns to fit in with this collection :) I also decided not to choose a color pallet at this stage, but rather when I start digitizing my motifs. I love how these workshops have shown me how I personally should approach designing.

My 10 words are:

Florals

Animals

Fruit

Colorful

Bold

Whimsical

Warm

Fun

Nostalgic

Pretty

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PATTERNS:

Thank you for another great workshop Bonnie!!!

This has been another amazing learning experience, and although I know my patterns are not perfect yet, I have learned so much about myself as a designer and how I need to approach my own design process. At the beginning of workshop 1 I had this theme which sounded great, but I just couldnt get into it. I really started to dig deep and look at patterns that I love and inspire me, and I realized again how important it is to design what you love and what speaks to you, even if you think its been done a thousand times before. I want to use your workshops not only to learn about Surface Pattern Design but also about who I am as a designer and experiment with different methods. Thank you.

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Vectorised Watercolor Motifs:

I decided to only start layering them when I start playing around with pattern layouts. I am planning one of my patterns to be this bird in a tossed layout with the hearts, stripes, dots and crossed alternated on its chest :)

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Watercolor Motifs:

This was so much fun!!!

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Illustrated Motifs:

I am quite happy with how this turned out. Clearly I only used the shapes of the succulents and birds in my photographs. They were a bit to dull for my liking :) I am excited to add some watercolor elements with these motifs. I always have this idea at the start of a project, but when I start working on the design elements my idea usually takes a new direction. Sure the watercolor elements will change my direction once again, but thats part of the fun!

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Photographs:

I live in Namibia, so my inspiration comes from the succulents, flowers, birds and butterflies we find here. I am not originally from here, and I love color and florals, so I dont always find my surroundings that inspiring. For that reason,I dont intend to be to literal with the inspiration I draw from my photos. I want to use the shapes and silhouettes to inspire something that is closer to my personal style, and definitely something more colorful :)

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Patterns:

This turned out way different than I anticipated. I thought I would be spending all my time creating three perfect patterns, ready to just send to the printers, but instead it took me all the time to just master Illustrator and how everything works. I work in CS4 and dont know if thats a bit different than recent versions. My patterns are not perfect and I probably wont use all of them in my final collection, but this workshop was a great opportunity to just learn the basics of Illustrator and play with different repeat and pattern styles. I also added some more colors to my pallet half way. I didnt get at first why you suggested so many colors, but later I understood. I cant wait for the next workshop!

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Illustrations:

My elements still need some serious editing. This phase turned out to be more of a trial and error and practicing phase than actually creating the perfect elements. Will perfect them when I start figuring out my patterns.

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SKETCHES:

We are currently on holiday with our three children under 5, so I didnt get to spend all the time I wanted on my sketches, but it definitely helped me to further focus my idea for this collection. When I get home I can put in some extra time to finalise all the elements I would like to digitize. So much fun!

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I had so much fun working on this inspiration board and really understand why it is an important part of your design process. I had a color pallet in mind, but it changed a few times while working on this, and the process also really gave substance to my idea. While I was doing research I ended up drawing most of my inspiration from geometric themed weddings and especially cakes, because the play between beautiful flowers and geometric shapes are so awesome in them. So, my theme is really a "marriage" between florals and geometrics :)