Friday, March 29, 2013
I am excited to be part of the 101 floral challenge. I love creating floral patterns in bright vibrant colours. I have an Art School background. I have recently undertaken all three modules of a ground breaking surface pattern design course, run by surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicole's. My work has been chosen to be featured in the new kickstarter funded book patternbase which will be published in 2013. My work has been featured on many online blogs such as http://www.majobv.com/ on Print and Pattern http://printpattern.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/new-work-tiffany-designs_15.html and Do What you Love and on Rachael Taylors blog. I am a guest blogger for Tigerprint. My own blog is at http://tiffanydesignspattern.blogspot.co.uk/ if you want to find out more about me or just to look at more of my work
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
So, been experimenting with some illustrator styles, also on the cmyk flavor...
Just super rando, reminds me of some pinatas gettin busted open, cray cray confetti everywhere, you know, the movie Holy Mountain. That movie is the "like the way you work it,,,, no diggity, i like to bag it, bag it up" Or whatever they say on that nineties song... Not sure what the lyrics really are, but you all know what I am talking about and don't even act like you don't. Also back to Holy Mountain, one of the greatest movies ever made, saw it once when I was like 18, still talking about it now. Pretty mind blowing stuff, all sorts of goodies, if your'e into occult stuff, it's chalk full of it.
Monday, March 25, 2013
I have this great old wallpaper book from the turn of the century that has this massive cabbage roses in just a couple colors. I had been looking through it last week for inspiration and came across this mustard and green color combination. I'm absolutely amazed at how beautiful vintage patterns are. It's apparent how much preparation and time went into creating them.
It's no wonder I'm a vintage paper addict.
I have been doing some complex patterns lately and decided that this week I'd do something a little more quiet. I created this one with ink on paper first, with a linen texture overlay on top -- and colored it up!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Let the good times roll!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Here's the mini view of this huge pattern I made tonight.
When I first got my cat, Oliver, I had named him several things before something stuck. Charlie was one of the names that was high on the list. Oliver is, by far, the creepin'-est of cats, and as I was making this pattern tonight I thought for a second that it would have been very fitting had I named him Charlie.
I don't know why I labored over this pattern so much tonight, but I'm glad I did because I really like the way it turned out. It started as a complex sketch and turned into a giant winding beast. I took some liberties with the actual colors of Creeping Charlie - and I'm surprised I did because I am usually all about putting purple all over my artwork. But there was something really sinister about having red veins for vines -- and so it goes.
Here's a little close-up of the artwork
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I'm so excited to be part of the 101 Florals challenge... yes, challenge because I'm not much of a flower person. The truth is, I'm terribly and utterly scared of bees and wasps, and flowers attract them so I try to be as far as I can from them. When Llew emailed me to tell me I could be part of their adventure, he also asked me what flower I wanted to work on. I had no idea... tulips came to mind 'cause I had recently received them, but he told me they had already done them. I needed to think, think fast.
Then it came to me... succulent plants really enchant me. Their shapes are so organic and chubby and some are even protective (think of cacti). I googled succulent plants and the first image that came out was one of these cute tubby mini trunks (fenestraria), and I just felt it had to be my first inspirational subject. I searched for more images and discovered it wasn't one of the typical species you think of when you think of succulent plants: it has flowers and they look quite like daisies only smaller and with thinner petals.
After the image research I started sketching, and what attracted me the most of all the pics I found is the way fenestrarias look from the top view: their pyramidal trunks create a beautiful pattern when looked form above. My final pattern kind of looks like simplified leopard spots, which I don't really mind: it's hard to come up with a new version of animal prints and I think I just did while actually working on a floral print (lol). Anyway... I hope you all like it. Let me know what you think about it with a comment (comments always make me smile).
If you want to know more about me or look at some more of my work, just check my blog or my portfolio :) Have a lovely day and see you when I see you!
Monday, March 11, 2013
Keeping it simple today!
I had a great trip to the Como Conservatory today with Chris and it was AWESOME! Man, I have been craving some living plant-action!
It's been so white outside and it seemed like a nice Sunday outing. I did a couple tiny drawings this morning while I was at this new coffee house near my house, Parka and just ran with them for this pattern.
I was making loads of little terrariums last summer and I was having flashbacks when I was making this pattern. I really ought to do that again. I think I just might!
I usually frown at white backgrounds on patterns but for some reason this one just felt right. I had this one a couple other colors before I finally just left it alone. So here you have it! Little tiny cuttings from some of my favorite succulents!
(I'm also channeling some 70s art vibe in here. Inspired by a pic I saw earlier today while I was in a used bookstore near my house!)
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Cam Floyd is a really great illustrator, although his site contains limited material at the moment I can assure you, this guys got a ton of great work and definitely worth checking out. His work hits a lot of sci-fi notes for me, with a color palette that I wouldn't readily choose, but he boldly uses it and makes it work. So it's awesome and really great to have him on the blog.
Check out more of his work here!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I have been wanting to try one of these types of patterns for a long time and when I finally attempted it I think I can pull it off better next time with a lil bit more planning. That's just not usually how I roll, so this is what came out, still cool in a kaleidoscope kinda way. Either way this type of geometric pattern is really popular in Islamic architecture, and any sort of patterning that they do at all usually is built off of octagons. I thought it would be a little more complex, but really when it comes down to it, it's all just a buncha triangles, so just try it! haha get it? no? ok...
Monday, March 4, 2013
I have been wanting some new kitchen towels and I made this linen-y pattern with them in mind. Ahhh I wish they were real!
I was inspired by two new shops in the Minneapolis area -- Forage and Parka. One is a really cute furniture shop that sells a lot of local and hand-crafted furniture (nice, mid-century inspired stuff!) and the other is a new cafe with awesome coffee. Both shops are minimalist and really nice -- lots of natural colors plus white.
I got the chance to sit down and really take a look at ferns with this pattern, too, which, if you haven't had a chance to look at one closely, are super crazy. They're amazing -- or as Chris would say "They're natures fractals".
Friday, March 1, 2013
Nicky is a surface designer who has had many a big client, she had an interest in the blog, so I gladly let her participate! She made a little scene of rats or mice and the amaryllis as well coincidentally!
For more of her work check out her site, also blog, otherwise,
Here' some info about her:
Today I enjoy a thriving freelance career providing illustrated and graphic patterns and prints to private label and retail clients. For a decade I was employed as an in-house designer/manager at a successful manufacturer of apparel and accessories specializing in lifestyle brands.