Monday, 9 April 2012

Surface Pattern: Can you help me decide - which colourway works for you?


To family, friends, pattern people, peers and followers

Above is the pattern motif I have been working on this morning. The motif is loosely based on a flower that was in a bunch that my Mum bought for me at the weekend. I have no idea what kind of flower it is so I have created my own take on it and I'm really happy with the result. The resulting pattern is really just a repeat of the motif as I wanted something bold.

I was inspired to create this design after seeing a skirt I liked yesterday. The colours were mustard, white and grey but the motif was uninspiring and the skirt was very expensive. So I decided to create my own pattern today and I will then be using Spoonflower to create my own fabric and sew my own skirt :o) I've been itching for years to make my own clothes as being petite nothing ever fits correctly and I like the idea of wearing my art.

I thought it would be a fun exercise to share this work in progress with you - would you like to help me? I have created x4 versions of the design above. The same, grey, slate, mustard and white colourways feature across the designs but I just can't decide which tones work best. If you like this pattern and have an opinion on which version works best please reply with either top-left, top-right, bottom-left or bottom-right on here, twitter of facebook

If you would like to start creating your own patterns and are not sure where to start, consider registering on the "Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design"  e-course as I did. If you're lucky you might even win a free scholarship if you sign up on the Print and Pattern Blog.

Thank you :o)


  1. They're all really nice but the bottom left is my favourite

  2. Bottom left is great, I like the contrast.

  3. Thanks everyone! Bottom-left or number 4. I've already ordered it from Spoonflower and I eagerly await its arrival :o) :o) :o)

  4. Hi Lauren…
    Funny thing…
    I'm part of the amazing and Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design (module 1) too, and I was working on my online pattern catalog (since I haven't had the time yet to go around and find them and decided to start at
    The first pattern that attracted my attention was your Spring Daisy Duck Egg pillow case. I love the colors, and the shapes, and everything! I then went on to look at your entire shop, and found other nice patterns (as the Twilight Meadow), and finally finished looking at your blog (where I discovered you were part of the e-course too). Are you doing module 1 now, too? I really like your style and your illustrations. I'm going to look for you in Spoonflower too. I've been part of their community for almost 2 years, and I love it!!! It's nice to meet new designers.
    See your patterns around. Keep working 'cause you have a very nice style ^_^.