I found this oddly shaped egg cup in a charity shop. I was attracted to its shape and its fabulous, desaturated blue colour.
To use the element in a pattern design I wanted to emphasise the unusual shape by showing it at different angles. I could have simply rotated the image but liked the idea that the shadow could be consistent throughout all of them. So the egg cup was shot and revolved at different angles, I then used the best shots combined to create the first artwork for Egg Cups Pattern Design.
For my pattern designs I use a catalogue of numbered, standard colours. There are currently 35x colours to choose from for example – 0 is white and 33 is black. Now I was able to colour each of the three elements; 1, circle 2, ellipse 3, background the number of colour combinations was astronomic. 35 x 35 x 35 = 42,875. There would be 35 that should be discounted though – designs where all three codes are the same – reducing the possibilities to 42,840!
Creating a Numbering System
With so many combinations it was vital to have a strict numbering system. I have used the order; 1-circle, 2-ellipse, 3-background. So for example F-34-35-11 means; 34 = pink, 35 = green, 10 = yellow – as shown here.
Placing The Pattern In A Location
To give context I combined a selection of finished designs 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 Mega-Sized Version of Egg Cups
As an experiment I tried making the design elements gigantic. So large there would only be four in drop of paper. I think this was another turning point where the design took a massive leap. Once again the number of colour combinations doubled to an amazing 85,680.
Creating This Page
With so many colour combinations it would be impractical to show all of them. Here I have chosen 12 x mega versions (mainly 3 coloured) and their normal-sized next to them. These are followed by a selection of designs with only two colours which are less of an optical illusion and perhaps more realistic to chose for wrapping paper and soft furnishings.
* Smaller screen sizes are designed to display less colour examples.
Rolling your mouse over an image will display its code.
While exploring colour combinations I felt a lot of the smaller designs would be fabulous for lightweight dress fabrics. The Mega designs would be dramatic when used on a feature wall as wallpaper. On a much larger location such as a shopping centre they would be great fun too!
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.