PATTERN PLAY

I took an introductory textile class earlier this year and absolutely loved it! The only disappointment was that I didn't discover it sooner as I would love to have explored surface and textile design further during my studies. As well as pattern and surface design I got to experiment with various dyeing techniques, thermoplastics, felting and embroidery. One of the assignments involved using an urban environment as inspiration for a series of patterns. I chose the Sydney Opera House for my urban environment, you might recall some of the photos I posted a while back from a tour I took of this iconic building. These photos were the basis of my design.

The shape of the Opera House  is easily recognisable, but I wanted my design to be contemporary and evoke a sense of the opera house without being a cliché. By looking closely and from different angles I noticed the patterns in the tiles,  so I combined these triangular, diamond and chevron shapes with arcs. The colours are inspired by dusk over the harbour and the  silhouettes created as the sun sets. I'm quite happy with the results and might try printing them digitally on to fabric.

OperaHouse_tile_pattern

OperaHouse_sail_pattern

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

HelloPetal_pleasevote I have long been a fan of pattern and textile design, recently I was inspired to begin experimenting with illustrated patterns of my own. I even entered one of my designs into a competition. The lovely ladies from Frankie and Swiss Boutique Textile Company are holding a design competition as part of Craft Cubed. And this is where I need your help, one of the categories is decided by the public, so if you like my design and have a few seconds to spare you can cast your vote here by clicking the like button. The winner will be announced at The Frankie and Swiss Open Studio on the 23rd of August, that's this weekend! There are some truly beautiful designs in the running so it is well worth checking out the rest of the entries.

Thanks for reading (and voting ;-) )