I create all of my patterns with paint and paper, mixing the gouache into custom colors and cutting out shapes by hand. I have a better intuition for spacing and rhythm when working by hand than on a computer. The patterns in my Fall 2020 collection are no exception. They all started out by hand, and then I scanned and edited the patterns to create digital versions.
This collection is an exploration of circles, squares, and botanicals.
This design was inspired by a sidewalk design I saw in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With quarter circles you can make so many interesting layouts: circles, arches, and these wavy lines.
This design was inspired by marbled paper. I was thinking about the wavy, undulating lines you could create with marbling.
I have always loved the playfulness of circles and squares. Many years ago I made a piece of pottery with this same circle and square repeat.
And I reinterpreted this pattern as a paper cut out collage.
Sumi Ink Flowers
I painted these flowers with sumi ink that I learned about in a Japanese calligraphy workshop. The petals look like they are floating on a pond. I then added cut out shapes on top to add some color and geometry to the composition.
I painted these flowers with a thin, flat brush, and I think they look like Asters. This is one of my earlier pieces where I started painting a motif and then cutting it up to create a new composition.
The color I used for the digital version was inspired by this photo of a Japanese tea house by jpellgen on Flickr.
This design came about after cutting out several U-shapes and arranging them in different ways. This interlocking design was very compelling to me. I added some fun flowers to give the piece more color and joy.
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