Design Inspiration For Spot
This pattern takes the design Conker Shapes and moves it into a whole new direction. The original design is based on the pale areas seen on the back of conkers. For Spot I have used the outlines of the five conkers themselves to define the shapes of the spots.
Most pattern designers have a collection based on spots. I felt what let them down was that they used the same sized spot equally spaced. This design is more organic from start to finish. To avoid a boring step and repeat, the five spots flip, rotate, and rescale independently, making the design more fluid.
Printing The Pattern
The spots themselves are all white, so could be printed straight onto coloured fabric, or plain wallpaper. They could also be manufactured digitally by printing the colour with the spots being reversed out.
For my pattern designs I use a catalogue of colours each of which has its own number. There are currently 31x colours I have chosen these Spot designs from. Whenever I find a new colour I add this to all my designs to explore if the new colour way would work with the pattern. Here I have shown Spot in 18 colours – smaller screen sizes display less variations. Rolling your mouse over an image will display its code.
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.
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.