It’s a mini-meme! This week has seen a handful of talented surface pattern designers posting about their design process. If you follow along you’ll see that the tools are a little different, but the process (basically, of futzing around till you’re satisfied) is largely the same.
Betz White takes us from doodle to Illustrator finished fabric — a design that will probably be the basis of her next collection.
Jenean Morrison shows how one simple shape created serendipitously in Illustrator can become six very different, beautiful patterns.
Daisy Janie started from a doodle but ended up with a wholly different pattern after playing around in Illustrator. She also shows how color can totally change the look of a print. Gorgeous!
Jessica Gonacha Swift kind of kind of kicked this whole mini-meme by sharing her decisionmaking process as she took a drawing from doodle to finished print using Photoshop.
Ms. Tula Pink‘s process of creating allover repeats by hand on graph paper before re-creating them (in Illustrator with a tablet) remains mysterious and amazing to me!
Michelle (Cicada Studio/Cloud9 Fabrics) was inspired by a vintage Hans Carl Perleberg deer pattern, and ended up with a completely different deer design. I love seeing the in-between versions that help these designers arrive at their final pattern.
Patricia of A Little Hut shows how she went from sketch to Illustrator, then mocks up some possible applications. She’s mostly a paper gal but has made some forays into fabric, and says she’s thinking of turning this design into something textile-y. Do it!