a few more exercises – mark making and deconstructing patterns…
I keep being distracted by my doodling and then start on something else lol.
I like the small black marks in the bottom left corner – reminds me of burnt matches… plus the ‘brain shell’ pattern on the rights – the small yellow ‘moon’ shapes came from a flower photo.
the images below are simple scans and then a quick duplicate of layers etc…
I’m also taking part in the MATS Bootcamp unofficial April Project of underwater theme design – and so I did some ‘mark making’ for that too… tendrils, seaweed, coral…
Now off to read the latest issue of Elle Decoration as it has an anniversary issue on pattern & colour 🙂
I hope to find one that I can deconstruct for another class exercise.
update: didn’t use the Elle Decoration magazine but I bought two new books (books yay!)
The V&A Pattern – The Fifties
A tiny book but brilliant inside – comes with a DVD but my iMac loathes reading CD/DVD’s and just vomits them back out.
The first pattern I looked at in order to deconstruct was Marian Mahler with David Whitehead Ltd – Red Curtain fabric – screen printed cotton, 1950 (V&A: T.504:2-1996)
It reminds me of a dining room (maybe I’ve seen to many sitcoms) but the yellow ‘table’ and mobile shapes dangling above (Joan Miró!)
3 colour screen print
Black small icons
I’m assuming the white is from the base fabric colour (?)
Half drop repeat (I think), graphic and contemporary.
The second pattern I liked (actually loved loads more but wanted to try finding something that was simple and graphic), was J Feldman (David Whitehead Ltd) furnishing fabric. Roller[printed spun rayon, UK 1954 (V&A: CIRC. 504-1954) – nice strong motifs with clean graphic elements yet has imperfect wonky bits (technical term!!)
Does this count as a 3 colour print?
Black arrows and circles,
Red ‘propellers’ and dots
Green – light hue for ‘propellers’ and dots
Green – dark for background (?)
I’m assuming (until I find out more about pattern printing anyway!!) that the white is the base fabric colour
I also bought this book on Amazon – only received that today (5th April) it comes with a CD with 50 copyright-free patterns… stupid iMac DVD drive… I really need to fix that.