It has been way too long since we developed a found pattern post and it feels great to share a little inspiration for your next print or collection. I always love what Sarah Burton develops for the Alexander McQueen brand and was particularly interested by this armored lace trend for Fall ’13. The look exudes a delicate strength that reminds me of this rubber textile collection from designer Andreea Mandrescu. So how can we, the printed designers of the world incorporate this trend? Think masses of thin lines, transparencies and delicate line work with illuminating colors and shading. Have fun and feel free to share your armored lace creation on the facebook page!
March 18, 2013
December 3, 2012
*post by The Pattern Observer team, images via: Cacharel Spring ’13 via style.com, “Shattered” by Eljay, Aquilano.Rimondi Spring ’13 via style.com, “Shattered 4” by Philip Bitnar, Giles Spring ’13 via style.com, “Safety glass” by Martin Sutherland, Tibi Spring ’13 via style.com, “Radiate” by ~My aim is true~, Miu Miu Spring ’13 via style.com
Welcome to the week! I hope you enjoy this shattered trend that we found really interesting. There are so many different ways to interpret this trend: clean, vector fragments, abstract photoshoped prints, collaged pieces or charcoal sketches, the possibilities are endless. There is officially one more day to enter the Sellable Sketch giveaway so hop on over and check it out here. Have a fabulous week!
November 12, 2012
*post by The Pattern Observer team, images via: “Untitled” by Daniel Oines, Hermes Spring ’13 via style.com, “Untitled” by Daniel Oines, Versus Spring ’13 via style.com, Jonathan Saunders Spring ’13 via style.com
Here in Pattern Observer land we are loving all the retro geometrics recently featured on the Spring ’13 runway. When used in bright, bold colors like you see here, they exude a sense of whimsy which is perfect for the spring and summer seasons. Try playing with scale and you’ll begin to see hints of the color blocking trend which has been popular for the past few seasons.
We have lots of great posts scheduled for this week including pictures from little Ruth’s first art/ craft show, a really fun Street Pattern post and more! I want to send out a big welcome message to all those who recently joined The Sellable Sketch and the Building Your Textile Design Business courses. There have been some great discussions on the course forums and look forward to seeing more of your prints and customer boards. If you are stuck in a rut try some of these retro geometrics and explore the color relationships that you can create.
Have an awesome week!!! – Michelle
October 1, 2012
August 27, 2012
August 20, 2012
* images via: Carven Resort 2013 via vogue.com, “Dallas Street Map 1967” by Justin Cozart, Band of Outsiders Resort 2013 via vogue.com, “Globes” by Tup Wanders, “DFW 1956 (Ashburn Map)” by Justin Cozart, Band of Outsiders Resort 2013 via vogue.com, “Stull Lake 53K (1938)” by Wyman Laliberte, “Physical Map of Asia (1920)” by Eric Fischer
I have been so excited to share this trend/ found pattern post for quite some time! How fun are these map prints which are just beginning to emerge on the runway? This is a trend that works for a variety of markets: womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, home decor and possibly even for you quilters out there! I think the look could also be as detailed or as abstract as you wish, so you detail-phobic designers never fear..How do you vote on this trend? Yea or Nay?
August 13, 2012
* images via: 13. Christopher Kane Resort 2013 via vogue.com, “Driptych” by Steve Snodgrass, “Untitled” by tanakawho, J.W. Anderson Resort 2013 via vogue.com, “Rainbow Chimney – Kids Painting” by Childrens Book Review, “Palette” by Karin Dalziel, Carolina Herrera Resort 2013 via vogue.com, “paint in blue” by Denise Carrasco, “5/365” by HispanitaDesign
August 6, 2012
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July 9, 2012
Hello there! I hope that you had a fantastic weekend!
I reviewed the Fall couture collections over the weekend and was really drawn to the abstract lines created in these Versace pieces. They remind me of petals and waves, both of which are flattering and feminine, perfect for Spring ’14 collections. Most of my clients are in the active/ outdoor industry, so I will have to add a splash of sport, but I am excited to incorporate the look in my work. You can see more from the Versace collection here. Enjoy!
July 2, 2012
* images via: “newark-from-the-air-at-night” by Dan DeLuca, “Busy post 6pm” by Juhan Sonin, “Santa Clara Street at night” by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious, “Perth City” by Daniel Lee, “Los Angeles Night” by Julian Garduno, “U.S. Eastern Seaboard at Night from the ISS” by NASA’s Earth Observatory, “Friday Night Blues” by Javi,
June 25, 2012
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May 14, 2012
Hi there! Chelsea found these amazing photos of machinery and it was such a great reminder of the endless opportunities that there are for inspiration. The shapes, colors and movement within these pieces are fantastic! Speaking of fantastic, the weather here in Portland has been a stunner and I had a wonderful weekend filled with shopping for the nursery, music and a little bit of work. My business is not yet at the point where I can take the entire weekend off, but I am making changes to do so soon! Some examples are:
Automating emails: I love connecting with clients and Pattern Observer readers, but I find myself writing the same emails over and over again. I knew google canned responses was an option, but I struggled with feeling unauthentic. My solution? Using canned responses as a starting point for common emails and then editing and adding to the draft for a more personal touch. You can read a how-to here.
Using more freelance help: The big business guys and gals all preach the powers of outsourcing, but hiring freelancers can be scary!!!! It took a while to find the right “team,” but I can now see that hiring out tasks that I have been doing for years: repeats, data entry and more is the only way to grow my business and offer a higher quality of service to clients, students and readers. I still struggle with the “I can do it all” attitude, but if I ever want to take a weekend off, let alone maternity leave, I know I have to let go and trust those around me!
Developing systems for frequent tasks: I am slowly going through each aspect of my business to see how I can more efficiently work and get even better results. In the past couple months I have streamlined my invoicing process, started using an amazing project management program called intervals and have scheduled out my blog posts months in advance, which is nice, but is still difficult for me to follow ; )
Do you have a 3-month goal for your business? What steps are you taking to accomplish your goal? I would love to hear all about it..
April 30, 2012
April 23, 2012
*images via: “Shillelagh Gold” by Jason Hollinger, “Cottonwood Narrows North 4908″ by Ed Siasoco, “Bryce Canyon5″ by Birgit Juel Martinsen, “Peek-a-Boo Gulch” by Jason Hollinger, “Wavy Rocks” by Jason Hollinger, “Escalante” by Colin Mutchler, “Taylor Canyon” by John Holm, “Cottonwood Narrows” by Ed Siasoco