I drew these little mountains a few weeks back in my sketchbook. They were but a small bit of a much larger spread, but before I started on that I scanned them in and have been playing around in Illustrator with them. Right now I’m really into geometrics, woodland motifs, and the Pacific Northwest. Living in the DC area, I often find myself getting bogged down by the bustle of traffic, endless suburbs, and what feels like no nature in sight. My heart is homesick for western Washington state where we could see the Olympic mountains from our bedroom. I suspect trees and mountains will be a recurring theme in my work over the next few months.
For this pattern I kept it really simple. I love stripes, and I liked the idea of reflecting the stripy aspects of the mountains with a striped pattern. I can see this working as a big circle skirt, from a distance it would look like abstract stripes and up close you could really admire the geometrics. As an added bonus, the mountaintops look like teeth, a feature that DB was really into.
Above is the finished sketch. The mountains are right above the S.
I really love this project. It’s so fun to take little doodles and take them to whole new heights. There are several other talented artists who are joining me in this journey,and I hope to bring you some of the beauty they’ve been creating over the course of this year. Melissa Hourihan shared some of her work and thoughts this week. Her colors and layering are so lovely, don’t you think?
If you want to follow along we’ll be sharing patterns on Instagram with the hashtag #52patterns2015. If you are a surface pattern designer and want to join in the fun, please do! I’ve also started a Flickr group which you can join right here. And if you’re the blogging kind like me, feel free to post the button below in your sidebar.
I’m so excited to see what everyone is working on!