Detour Pattern Design
Detour evolved from my Ribbons Pattern Design. Instead of paths of varying thickness, Detour is bolder by having all the paths the same thickness.
Inspired by Scalextric And Keith Haring
The racing track of Scalextric was an influence in this design. For Detour I felt the design could be simpler with the paths crossing over anywhere. The most time-consuming part was adjusting the design so that the paths and crossovers were evenly spaced. The more I look at it the more I found awkward areas that needed to be reworked.
Keith Haring would have been my age now, had he not died of AIDS in 1990. He was a prolific artist with a distinctive keyline style of painting murals. He used the blacked-out advertising spaces on the New York subway to create ad-hoc artworks. I was reminded of his talents in a recent BBC documentary about his tragically short life. His ultra fast keyline work was another influence in the making of Detour.
Pattern Repeat Revolution
The pattern repeat works by using a series of vertical, equally-spaced, cross-over points. The paths are always smoothed to horizontal when they cross these points. Rather like a series of points on a complicated railway line.
Using this system every drop of wallpaper can change how the pattern looks by moving it up or down to whichever cross-over point is chosen – see visual.
For my pattern designs I use a catalogue of numbered, standard colours. There are currently 39x colours in my swatch library for me to choose from. For example – 0 is white and 33 is black. I have selected a colour for the paths themselves and a second colour for the background. This totals 39 x 39 totalling 1,521 different combinations – less 39 for those where the paths are the same colour as the background which comes to a total of 1,482 possible colour combinations.