Author: arrpdesign

Bold – a new a.r.r.p. collection!

Bold – a new a.r.r.p. collection!

I am a big fan of bold and graphic patterns, especially if they are monochrome or black and white. Patterns as statement pieces, simple as that. For me it has been sort of a mission/white whale to create a great graphic and bold pattern. As 

Under my umbrella

Under my umbrella

The umbrella pattern in the Retro tropical collection quickly became my absolute favorite of the bunch. I don’t have a lot to say about it so I’ll just let it talk for it self. (as usual, click on the image for a better look! ) 

Pineapple passion!

Pineapple passion!

As I mentioned in a earlier blog post, I  was so happy with the separate objects in this series so I decided that it would be interesting to make patterns where the objects themselves where not overshadowed by palm trees and flowers. And since pineapples are pretty popular right now I started with it.
I think that it works quite well for summer clothing, accessories or in a retro inspired kitchen. Hope you like it!!

 

    Backpack society 6 pineapple         

   

 

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Kitsch Tropical Drink

Kitsch Tropical Drink

  Second Pattern in the Retro tropical collection is this playful, almost kitsch, pattern filled with palm trees and luxurious tropical drink. True to the collection, it follows the color scheme as well as the retro, mid-century theme. Compared to the first pattern in the 

Presenting Retro Tropical

Presenting Retro Tropical

First out in the Retro Tropical series is the first pattern I created for the collection. It’s an entangled pattern with palm trees, hibiscus flowers, coconuts and pineapples. I made four color variations with a twist on the blue (I just felt that it was 

Hawaii- designing outside of my aesthetic  comfort zone

Hawaii- designing outside of my aesthetic comfort zone

Once in a while I try to challenge myself  into doing things out of my aesthetic  comfort zone just to keep my designing range at the top. To help me do this I tend to follow the website Spoonflowers design challenges. The latest ones had a Hawaii theme and so I decided to do a real collection out of it.

When I make a collection I always start with an inspiration hunt, preferably on Pinterest to find interesting images. Sometimes, when I have time or a bigger budget, I also do more extensive research about the theme I choose.

When that’s done i choose a color palette to work with. In this case I might have gotten to many for my liking, but I think it works. Then I proceed to create the (first) Moodboard.

Next step is to create the shapes I’m going to use in the patterns.

 

And when those are sort of done the puzzling begins.

One of the hardest things about creating a pattern, I think, is knowing when to stop. I might have gone a bit overboard with this collection, because it just seems to keep growing. I just fell in love with every puzzle piece and kept going. So far the collection is 23 pieces strong and will probably get add ons further on. I will present the patterns individually in separate blogposts, but in the meantime please se the products that are already available in this series.

 

                 

 

 

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Retro doodle

Retro doodle

I love to alternate my digital work with analog stuff but I’m not always very trusting in my own ability to create beautiful things by just drawing or painting. Sometimes though I overcome that insecurity and create something I’m truly proud of. This series Retro doodle 

Scandinavian paisley

Scandinavian paisley

New pattern inspired by the Swedish Midsummer tradition now available in various colors at Spoonflower (on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrapping paper), Society 6 and Sprout patterns. The latter one is a company that works with Spoonflower but instead of just printing the surface pattern on demand 

Aqua art deco

Aqua art deco

I started making this pattern whilst visiting the wonderful island Zanzibar last summer. I was completely taken by all the wonderful things I saw and experienced during my 9 days there. On the first part of the trip we stayed at Mnana lodge (can highly recommend it) and I really got to relax and, of course, to paint.

This pattern has since then become one of my absolute favorites, and I wanted to place it where I can enjoy it everyday. So today I turned this organic cotton sateen version of it into a curtain separating the bedroom from the living room. But since I still think that it will become a dress someday I didn’t want to make holes in it so I used brass paperclips and nylon thread to hang it.  The brass complements the colors nicely if I may say so myself.

If you’re interested in making something with this pattern please visit aqua art deco on spoonflower and you will find that it comes in various textile types and enven wallpaper and gift wrapping paper.

If you’re more of a ready made person please visit aqua art deco on society 6 to discover all different products that comes in this pattern.

Hope you like it as much as I do.

All the best

Anna

Shop floor – new collection

Shop floor – new collection

I’m one of those people that have a hard time throwing things out. My “clean the brushes” rag is no exception, even though it passed its prime and probably only makes more of a mess than helps. One thing I started doing to help me to throw stuff out is