Designing a Printed Textile Collection: Start to Finish

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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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