Workshop 4 - The art of designing in collections

Workshop 4 - The art of designing in collections - student project

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I worked on a brand design during the last days and tried to do a version of my bio and my pattern page. I am not happy with the colour of the fonts yet and will play around with them some more.

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My second colour approach:

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This is my lattest approach for my Branding.

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This is my first approach for a double side in a portfolio.
I will try a second version where I show the two main patterns on the left as well.

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Finally I finished my two different presentation sheets.

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Hello together,

still feels a bit strange to write a whole bio about a thing you have not been doing for ages.
I asked around in a FB group some weeks ago which words others would use to describe my designs. I used those words and added some things which I want my label to represent.


I would be happy if you could give me feedback about the photos and the bio and wether they fit together. I do not have a photo of me and my studio, only photos with my studio or me.
I just added a second photo. Which one do you prefer? The one with head only or the other one where you can also see some of my "crazy" clothes?

Though I reduced the size of the photos they are alway big again when I enter the project again.

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Bio

Wolf.S.Art is a Germany based label which creates timeless, whimsical & happy designs with a handmade touch.
Stefanie Wolf, the creative head, of Wolf.S.Art, has traveled over 20 countries worldwide and injects impressions of voyages and outdoor activities in her vintage inspired but modern cosmopolitan designs.
Her fun, conversational & bright designs let you travel around the world and through time and make you reminiscenting about those happy & calm days.

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Here are my two colourways of my  "Childrens' forest morning" collection.

For me it is a bit a problem to show them in their real scale as you could never see all of the tipi pattern if you made it big. On the other hand the details in the other patterns would be far to small if you kept the real proportion between the patterns.

It was a good idea to do two colourways as it made it easier for me to reduce the amount of colours.

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Some more recoloured patterns.

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I started to do a "girly" colourway of my forest patterns and I love it.
I think the problem with the other colourway was, that I tried to be too realistic and that I used too many colours. Loved using "crazy" colour combinations today;)

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The story behind my pattern collection:

Childrens' forest morning

Every morning the children of the forest kindergarten meet at their tipi at the edge of the woods half way up the mountains. Together they wander along gravel walks and forest tracks and discover flowers, beeries and trees in the different seasons. And when they are especially lucky they may see a squirrel or a woodpecker.
Each day they will stop at an other place in the forest, unpack their bottles and lunch boxes from their backpacks and have a second breakfast.

After this refreshment they may grave with their pocket knives and or play with the things nature holds for them at that special, place which may be so exciting as a muddy puddle.
After this exciting morning outside they come back to their tipi happy and full of new impressions and experiences.

The patterns:

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Childrens' forest morning

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Healthy forest breakfast

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Childrens' pocket knives

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To the forest each day keeps the doctor away

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Wood strawberries

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Dancing jaybird feathers

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Rucksack tumble

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Young boar squirrel meeting

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Slices of wood

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Tree trunk adventures

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Jaybird feather rain

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Love the forest

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Flying high above

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This project ended up to be hell somehow. Because of the many details in the main pattern the file was too large and I had to reduce the amount of anchor points several times. I also had to leave out the waves I had created as they somehow always made my PC crash. Some other details are missing as well...

So that is what I ended up with after several days of struggle.

Fortunately the other pattern where smoother to make!

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Some additional patterns:

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Here is the first of my patterns. The skyline one takes forever as the file is too large and I have to reduce anchor points etc....

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Finally found the time to draw some windmills and create more houses. Also tried some different colour options.

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Although I already have some projects here I decided to start a new one.  I have a webshop where I sell individually sewn luggage straps and I have wanted to create a travel pattern for so long.

Here are my keywords:

Trip to Amsterdam

  • city panorama with rows of houses, town channels, house boats, river, bridges

  • different bikes with flowers in baskets

  • wind mills with flower fields

  • two colour patterns

  • Dutch hats

  • wooden shoes

  • cobbled street

  • river stripe pattern

  • map

  • sailing boats

  • spring feeling

  • fresh happy colours

  • circle pattern with bike wheels

  • modern vintage

Below you can see my first drawings. That was lots of hard work already but there are still things to complete like the windmill I have just started to draw and some more houses.

I have been to Amsterdam several times when I was younger with a group of scouts and after visiting Amsterdam we went sailing at the coast. So working on the designs evoked some memories of those times;)

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Finally found some more creative ways to use the watercolour drawings. Also tried some different colour options of that.

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Tried an other arrangement and colour scheme.

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This is my first colourway of my first pattern approach.

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Not sure about the background. Tried some different variations have not found a really satisfying variation...

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Watercolour leaves

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Some watercolour blossoms and leaves

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Some watercolour experiments;)

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Did some more pracitsing with the Wacom and tried to do some simple patterns.

Also tried to handwrite with the Wacom after I found out mine is pressure sensitive. Never had used the function before!

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These are my first trials with the Wacom tablet and with tracing photos.

Have to practice much more but already like some of the flowers;)

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For the second workshop I have choosen some flower photos from last spring as I am longing for the spring to come.

Also tried to create a first colour palette to start with.

My keywords:

Flowers

Blossom

First green

Leaves

Fresh colours

Modern

Feminine

Childrens' forest morning

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Every morning the children of the forest kindergarten meet at their tipi and than get on their way to the forest where they spend their morning. Along the gravel walks and forest tracks they discover flowers, beeries and trees in the different seasons. And when they are especially lucky they may see a squirrel or a woodpecker. At different places in the forest they stop to have a second breakfast, to grave with their pocket knives and to play with the things nature hold for them at that special place which may be so exciting as a muddy puddle. After this morning outside they come back to their tipi happy and full of new impressions and experiences.

  • children in the mud

  • tipi

  • forest track/gravel walk

  • squirrel

  • young boar

  • forest flowers

  • forest berries

  • daypack/rucksack

  • lunch box / bottle /pocket knife

  • trees (and theirs leaves and fruit)

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Due to other projects I did not have too much time for sketches this week, but these are my first approaches. Trees, children and flowers will follow;)

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Here are my first sketches of children, trees and some animal faces.

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I have now coloured some of my sketches. No children yet;)

I am not happy with the colours of the mushroms so far. I will try to colour some of the kids during the next days.

Tried out some simple patterns to get a feeling for what else is needed or missing.

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The children and and animals are still missing as you can clearly see in the pattern above;)

Here is what I got so far. I am still working on some other patters with differt size and images so that I get more patterns which could be combined easily e.g. when you sew.

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And here they come in bigger:

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Childrens forest morning

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Childrens pocket knives

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Healthy forest breakfast

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An apple a day

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Feather of fortune

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Strawberry summer

So here are some more patterns:

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Circle of life

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Wooden stripes

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Feathers of fortune jaybird blue

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