I’ve been spending a bit of time studying surface pattern lately. I’m currently working on a new line of greetings and prints for Double Dare that will be completely based in pattern and typography.
Coming up with ideas for patterns is ALOT different than what I normal do. I’ve been studying all kinda of patterns and there are really no rules except for the one obvious, repetition. Some patterns use a simple combo of shapes repeated, some complex illustrations repeated. The trouble I’m having with coming up with a good surface pattern is the subject, or an overall theme! Today while doing my research I came across a Swedish designer Lotta Kuhlhorn who creates fabulous designs and patterns. She was featured in my favourite Canadian creative magazine, Uppercase!
Lotta creates book covers, designs websites, and creates surface patterns for large corporations such as Ikea. What I love about Swedish design is the bold colours, the simplicity, and the kitsch factor. It’s really cheery and bright!
Here are samples of stationery sets that her designs have been featured on. I am really digging the colour combos. BRIGHT corals against muted greens and light blues. Seriously dreamy. I love her use of BOLD type for branding her name.
Here’s an example of her patterns being used for housewares, plates, cups, coffee mugs, and dishtowels. Really pretty stuff!
Lotta has recently released a really neat book that I’d LOVE to own (AHEM..my 30 birthday is approaching people!) called Designing Patterns: For Fashion, Decoration, and Graphics which can be purchased on Amazon OR, even better, shop local and ask your nearest bookshop about it! Maybe they can order it in for you!
Visit Lotta’s awesome website to see all of her work!
It’s a nice punch of spring! Just taking in all of these bright colours and playful designs has lifted me a little further out of the snow-covered, sluggish and sleepy trance I’ve been in for the last while…because lately this is what the East Coast of Canada looks like, in case you weren’t aware:
**Image courtesy of BuzzFeed. WAHH!
We are literally waiting with baited breath for when the white stuff starts to melt!! Eeee. Send warm vibes!