Saturday, July 29, 2006

Finally another gocco print

Closeup... decided printing on fabric looked heaps nicer.

Using the transparent registration plate to position the fabric properly, in order to print a repeating pattern.

The gocco in action

Repeating myself

It's interesting how a pattern sometimes only looks good once you've got the colour combinations working just right. I tried this one in many other colour combos and it just wasn't working.

I'm thinking maybe it needs more going on in the background - some faded hills or something. Any suggestions?

Updated - added some gradiented blue hills in the background as Steve suggested!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Have you ever had one of those days where you wonder why you call yourself a designer? Where you're stuck with some sort of design problem and you can't find the solution, and then someone else comes along and can see the solution straight away? And it's not just that you're too close to it/have looked at it for too long & they have fresh eyes... it's that they can come up with solutions that you could never, ever have thought of because your brain just doesn't work that way. Doesn't think outside the square so easily. Gets stuck in little mental boxes. Bleh, that was my day today.

On a good note the hanging mobile i ordered arrive in the post today so I'm looking forward to putting it together and hanging it up tonight - yay!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I had this idea in my head of a french-wallpaper style pattern with lots of dots everywhere (and of course some little birds thrown in there). It turned out ok, but I think it needs "more". I might develop it further sometime.

Now, if only I could find some sort of studio job where I get to make patterns at times, now that would be great. I'm almost starting to lean away from the whole client oriented web/graphic design world and am getting more enjoyment making things. Crafty things to sell in shops maybe, like Douglas & Hope or
Wilkins & Kent. Ahh, pipe dreams.

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 :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I've been inspired to try making some more patterns. It's interesting to see how the ideas I've had in my head can turn out in real life. We have this great book on our shelves called "Pattern Design", originally printed in 1903! It's written in great ye-olde english and says things like:

"To readers of a book upon the subject, no apologies for pattern is necessary. Modest as may be its pretensions to artistic consideration, it covers ground enough to command attention. It is here and there and everwhere around us."

Hehehe. It's written like that the whole way through - quite funny, but also quite insightful in parts. It talks about the role of pattern design in a world where things need to conform to the conditions of manufacture, and how pattern design can be extremely challenging and restrictive but also quite satisfying. It's got a lot of techical info on different forms of repetition, so i'll see if I can advance beyond a simple square tile ;)

Anyway I had a go at doing a more random hand drawn pattern which was fun - took a bit of thinking to design it so the waves line up...

Monday, July 17, 2006

I can't really take credit for this pattern - I found the original amongst some scans of an old ornament book and recreated/touched it up it in illustrator & gave it colour.

some patterns ... for the Gocco maybe?

More jewellery

Life has been really good lately. It feels like we're settling into some good healthy routines - exercise, market shopping and cooking new things. Our apartment still needs some more art up on the walls and homely things, so I've ordered this mobile from the US. So cute!

Work is pretty full on with lots of jobs on the go, but I've been feeling guilty for neglecting all the crafty supplies I've stocked up, including the Gocco. Took a bit of time this weekend to sit down and make some jewellery. The blue dot beads have two holes running through them which opens up a world of possibilities and ways of weaving them together :)