Pretty tropical floral bedding

 

Feb
27
2017

 

 

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

 

Pattern designs for children

 

Feb
20
2017

 

 

Pattern designs for children

Recently, I created two sets of pattern designs for children for an online course; ‘Rise, Design and Shine’. Actually, the first set was for a separate brief, or a trend report, set by Emily Kiddy. I created a series of three ‘Cats in Space’ designs, for younger girls. The main design has cute cats wearing astronaut helmets, and my coordinates were of space mapping and cat’s faces with stars.

The second design collection was for the ‘Cute Character’ brief (week two). We were to design as the title says, ‘Cute Characters’, and I decided to create a pre-teen boys collection. As I had already created a cats space theme and thought it would be lovely to see this theme run through into boys’ apparel.

For this collection, I designed a rosy cheeked space boy, to be placed on a pyjama top and two coordinates for the bottoms. The space boy illustration is pretty simple in design, when compared to the matching space patterns. I have noticed a trend where pyjama tops have one image and the bottoms have a busy pattern. I used the space boy, two aliens, planets and stars for one of the patterns and a bold planet and stars pattern for the second design. The overall collection has a graphical feel and stronger colours, suited for pre-teen boys.

In the near future, I’d like to produce an additional two designs, because I went a bit overboard with my initial drawings, so have a number of as yet unused images which I can re-purpose. I’m thinking of a softer palette as an alternative to the primary colours, especially in the striped planets and stars pattern. I find it interesting to see variations within a theme.

 

‘Cats in space’ girls apparel collection

For my Cats in Space patterns, I initially painted the cats using watercolour and ink, collage and crayons. Then, I put them together in PhotoShop, bringing in some hand drawn icons from Illustrator. I love the colour palette. The brighter pinks, oranges, lime green and yellows stand out against the navy, black and soft greys.

 

Pre-teen boys ‘Space boy’ apparel collection

When creating my initial drawings for this collection, I began by using marker pens, gouache and watercolour. I’d say that for this brief I was much more experimental with materials and had a lot of fun drawing aliens, space boys, rockets and other space images. As mentioned earlier, I still have lots more material to play around with for more designs. I love my little wash bag, which my husband likes too! Hmmm… I may just have to look into this!!

Weeks three’s brief is all about florals, and those who have been following my blog, Instagram and Facebook page will know that I will be very excited about this! (grinning widely)  😀

 

Emma Jayne x