Friday, July 21, 2006


Managed to come up with another pattern last night, yay! The idea was to do one that half looks like branches with leaves, and half looks like hills with houses on them. It ended up looking more like branches with little mini houses on them, but that's ok.

I'm not sure if anyone's interested in how this pattern was made but i've uploaded the original sketch anyway just in case. In the sketch you can see a few things:

1) A rough grid drawn up in the background
2) A little marker on some of the grid squares indicating the various 'starting positions' of the repeat (in this case they're spaced apart by two-squares-up-and-1-square-across, like a chess horse has jumped around on the grid)
3) Identical branches drawn a few times in their correct positions, enough to show how the tiling works and how they'll fit together

After that it's just a matter of scanning, bringing it into illustrator and tiling it up properly. Heaps of fun :)

5 comments:

dopeattic said...

i may have missed it, but what are your future plans for your incredible patterns? they're wonderful and i'd hate it if they weren't seen, sold, or sewn...thanks to for including the how to sketches!

Marissa said...

I just happened upon your patterns on flickr and had to tell you how gorgeous they are! I might have to try my hand at some.

Lara said...

Thanks so much for the feedback :)

Dopeattic - I'm still not sure what to do with them. I think i'll Gocco print them onto some cards/fabric but beyond that I'm not sure!

You both should definately make some patterns! They're so satisfying to create and they're not actually that hard to do :)

TOTE said...

This pattern looks very Japanese. Is this where you got your inspiration?

Lara said...

I think so. I really like Japanese patterns & fabric so it influences my work a bit :)