A case study in surface pattern design:
What does your life look like in patterns? What are the places, colors, sounds, and smells that infuse who you are? I set out on a journey to express my life in a series of patterns. That’s when I started looking back… at photos, at notes, and at the things that inspire me the most. I thought about people and happy memories and the images surrounding those times. What came to life are a series of patterns that are deeply personal to me.
My process always starts with a vision board, or what we call a Tone-of-Voice. This is the document that I print out and refer back to as I create my collection.
A visual record of my ideas coming to life:
My main print is fashioned after the climbing floral vine that was just outside my Grandparent’s front door in Chatham and a note that my Grandmother sent me when I was about 10 years old. The background of the print is the my Grandmother’s handwriting.
I spent a decade in New York City. I ran around Central Park countless times. The city map overview is a nod to both the city and my running shoe prints, of which I made many.
Over the years I’ve driven, flown and run loops around the Northeast. This last print is a nod to what the path of my travels on the East coast might look like if I could see it in one view.
My days in New York City, Maine, Cape-Cod, and Ohio all play a role in this series of patterns. I hope they inspire you to explore your story beyond just the facts. It’s fascinating!