Friday, October 01, 2010

raindrops and gumdrops

I thought I'd share a little of the surface pattern design I've been working on of late - called raindrops and gumdrops. This is still a work in progress but I'm pleased with the way it is coming along. My initial idea was that these designs would be for fabrics:
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The palette was inspired by this advert from the 1951 Festival of Britain guide.

If I'm going to make it as a real life bona fide designer then I need to hear some feedback. If you have a moment please drop me a comment and let me know what you think. Constructive feedback is good - what do you like? what don't you like?

12 comments:

Sudi-Laura said...

Love the colors, and the designs. I was hoping they were already fabrics :-) Great work!!!

Grace & Favour Home said...

They're beautiful and have really brightened my day today (it's sooo grey here!). The colours are absolutely beautiful, the combinations work so well together, and I love the whimsical, playful subject matter/style of drawing. Absolutely gorgeous! You are very talented! I really want to get back to print design, I designed my own prints for my final collection at uni (I studied fashion) and did some freelance work after, and now I run my own business I would love to have my own range of fabrics to make things in - something for the future I think!

anna said...

ooo, i love them. the one that doesn't work for me though, is the bottom centre one. i can't put my finger on why, maybe just a personal colour preferance away from the pinky red? i'd definitely have ideas for using the top left, top centre and bottom left as fabrics :)

Me said...

I love them all except for the one with the rainbows AND the tear-drops. That one is too busy and too jangling. Maybe if you made the rainbows go only one way instead of all possible angles of rotation?

Kitty said...

I think they're a lovely collection of fabrics. Like 'Me' above, I think the one on the bottom right would have to be used with caution, but the others are all eminently practical for any number of projects.

Keep up the great work :) x

Oops-Lah said...

I would definitely buy fabrics with these patterns. They seem to be very versatile and the colours are just gorgeous. Fancy that you got inspired by a 1951 advert! But I guess if it worked then it would still work now!

Joanne said...

Love the palette. Of the designs themselves I like the teardrops and vertical lines best. The one with both rainbows and teardrops is a bit too busy for me, and to be honest, I probably wouldn't go for the rainbows one either (unless I was making a raincoat for the boy). Obviously I lean towards simplicity :)

Rachel said...

Cute designs and I love the colours you've used but I also think the last one (rainbows and raindrops) is just a bit too busy for my taste.

Moogsmum said...

I love that colour palette and I particularly love seeing what inspired you!

The fabric patterns are lovely and work really well together. The top right and bottom left ones are my favourites.

xxx

Locket Pocket said...

They are lovely! But I had the same reaction as some other commenters about the rainbow/raindrop one - my eyes just didn't find it easy to look at with the different directions of rainbows - but I love the curly telephone cably one! Lucy x

Hoola Tallulah said...

oohoooh they would make incredible fabric, I would deffo buy, the colours make my mouth water,so good I almost want to lick them! I think my favourite one is the pear shapes, is it pears? whatever it is, it is FAB!

Zane Wooder said...

I like the rainbow pattern that has the clouds in it. I don't really care as much for the pattern that has the red in the background with tooth spaced clouds. That's the best way I can describe it.

-Zane of ontario honey