Patterns on Patterns

Digital patterning

Watch these Video tutorials:

Adobe help: 

Excellent short video

Another tutorial

  • Objectives: Using the pen tool, shape builder tools and others – create a digital pattern that can be made into a piece of fabric, wallpaper, or other paper goods. (Journal, file folder, etc.) We are also going to learn how to “Recolor Artwork” so you can see your pattern in different color schemes. We will also cover color and color swatches in Illustrator. Pattern Options and Pattern Tiling.

Create a digital pattern repeat in Illustrator using 2-5 colors within the file.

Requirements:

1. Experimenting with: Basic tiling, brick, hexing, and mirroring.

2. Present a ” Pattern Collection” for critique consisting of 3 different patterns with one unifying theme

  • 8″ x 10″ for each of the 3 art boards – final saved as a .pdf and uploaded to our Google Drive

Things to think about:

1. Color palette/harmony

2. Execution: What do you see this pattern being used for?

3. Tech: pen tool, shape builder, arrangement of layers, (overlapping shapes) composition, Recoloring Artwork, scale tool, etc.

4. Stylistic: Abstract, non-representational, representational, whimsical, geometric?

Online Research:

Spoonflower – print on demand by textile designers and artists.

Behance Pattern Design

Rifle Paper Design

Marimekko: Modern Scandinavian design

Real Simple Magazine

And, of course, we can’t talk about wallpaper design without talking about the amazing Arts and Crafts artist and designer, William Morris.

Here are some links to his famous designs:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London: William Morris

Books referenced for this project:

1. Grammar of the Ornament by Owen Jones

2. “Over and Over: A Collection of Hand drawn Patterns” by Mike Perry

3. 1000 Patterns

SCAD grad fashion designer

See below for amazing former student pattern collection examples!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s