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Designing a Printed Textile Collection: Start to Finish

This fabric collection is available for purchase by the yard.

Today, I thought I would share the process I went through to design my 2016 original textile collection called "Mountain Meadow".  Since there are usually many ways to accomplish the same goal, I thought it might be informative, and perhaps, helpful to show my approach. 

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This is the final collection called " Mountain Meadow", including before and after pillow mock ups.

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I started by creating a Pinterest board with natural elements that I found inspiring.

photo credits: top row - Dan Lum Photography, Kardelen Linens, Nicolette Johnson Photography  bottom row - Lifestyle Delight, Lucyina Moodie Photography (middle + last)

photo credits: top row - Dan Lum Photography, Kardelen Linens, Nicolette Johnson Photography

bottom row - Lifestyle Delight, Lucyina Moodie Photography (middle + last)

Next, I found some rooms/environments that set the mood for the collection. 

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I collected some drawings from my sketch books and designed a color palette.

After drafting a bunch of ideas, I picked the best ones for the final collection.

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final-textile-collection

After selecting the final designs, I crafted them into repeating patterns.

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Lastly, I made pillow and wallpaper mock-ups to illustrate how the patterns would look on products.

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Digitally printed swatches

Digitally printed swatches

How to: creating digital designs from hand painted papers

Here is an example combining hand painted paper and digital technology to create a series of colorful, organic pattern rich designs.

hand painted papers

hand painted papers

hand painted papers

hand painted papers

hand painted papers

hand painted papers

thumbnail sketches

thumbnail sketches

Using photoshop, I reconfigured the elements on the hand painted papers into new designs.

Final digital collages. Organic, colorful design using the magic of technology.