Double Zig Zags Surface Pattern Design

Double Zig Zags Pattern

Design Inspiration

This design started as two inter-locking linocut zig zag patterns printed in red and orange. The messy image would work for a single print, but for wallpaper it would look too clumsy, so as a compromise I tidied up the extra bits, but decided to keep the wobbly edges. See the stages below, the original is on the left – the more refined designs progress to the right.

Colour Variations

For my pattern designs I use a catalogue of colours each of which has its own number. There are currently 31x colours that I have chosen from to use in the background of these Double Zig Zag designs. Whenever I find a new colour I add this to all of my designs to explore if the new colour way would work with the pattern. Here I have shown Double Zig Zags in 18* design variations. Each of the design collections are shown below. The designs get simpler, so the final designs K and L are one shape repeated.

* Smaller screen sizes are designed to display less colour variations.
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Placing The Pattern In A Location

To give context I combined each finished design with a straight-on shot of the chair used in my design for mid century modern chairs. Adding a fake carpet and simple skirting board. For every image I altered the colour of the real chair to complement the surface wallpaper. For each design I also created a simple version that was just the pattern, to show how the design could be used for fabric, lampshades, and other surfaces.

The Future

I would love this design to have another life taken up by a manufacturer. Please contact me if you would like a high resolution file or to talk about how we could work together.