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100 Days of Patterns

I’ve been neglecting to post, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been super busy working on lots new things. In April I decided to begin a 100 day challenge. This was a fun and challenging experience. I learned a lot about my style, preferences and work habits. Although it was a wonderful experience I’m excited to say today is the 100th day and I’m happy to take a little break from pattern making and regroup. So, here’s what I’ve been up to the past 100 days.

 

Pattern Play

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Drawing flowers is probably one of my favorite things to do and I really love composing them into repeating patterns. I started this one with a few sketches and then the above right pattern was supposed be the finished pattern. Then adventitiously I grabbed a few layers to paste into a new document to make sure edges of the repeat lined up and I ended up with the deconstructed version of the pattern below. I ended up liking the below version so much more. I’m so excited to try this new technique again. I feel like a lot of my patterns feel really dense. I always have this urge to fill up all the space. I think this new approach is a great way achieve a more airy feel in my work and I love the abstractness of it too.

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Pattern Play

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I began experimenting with surface design soon after I graduated from college, while working at a small stationery company. Since then patterns have  become an obsession of mine. I love the challenge of creating repeats, it’s kind of like putting together a puzzle. Here is one of my most recent designs and the photo that inspired it.