Pretty tropical floral bedding
I loved week three’s ‘Fancy Floral’ assignment and I was suprised at how quickly the whole project came together. From research, initial drawings, through to slotting all the design elements into a repeat for bedding, I enjoyed each part of the process. I have to say that on the odd occasion, I get into a bit of a rut and have to try to get myself out of it. However, this didn’t happen with the ‘Fancy Floral’ brief.
With experience, you work out your own best way for tackling a design project. I’m always learning what works for me and it helps that I take part in different courses. I’m constantly designing (studio and in my spare time), and I’m getting to a point now, where I know which techniques and tools I prefer to use. These are paints, inks, collage and the Adobe suite.
After researching the flowers I wanted to use within my design, and the style I wanted to develop, I produced a moodboard. These are the colours and types of flowers that inspired me when creating my pretty tropical floral bedding. I love the contemporary style and decided on a more abstract feel.
All above images are from Pinterest
For my pretty tropical floral bedding, I decided to paint my flowers & leaves and then finish off my designs in PhotoShop. Here are a couple of pages from my sketchbook.
It’s funny that when putting the flowers in repeat and creating the reverse of the duvet, pillowcases and coordinating cushions, they brought back memories from when I used to design bedding at Dorma. Whilst there, I produced different types of patterned designs, and I recall designing a pattern where the main focus of the design was situated at the end of the bed. I wanted to produce something like that again, for my new design.
In the middle area, I applied fluttering butterflies, and a soft, ink splatter, which gradates to the top of the duvet. The flowers on the pillowcases are much bigger in scale.
I wanted my pretty tropical floral bedding to have a fun element, so I strategically placed coloured pom poms around the edges of the duvet and pillowcases.
To conclude, here is my final tropical floral design with coordinating abstract and green botanical cushions.
I’m looking forward to week four’s brief, which is all about geometrics.
Emma Jayne x