I was delighted when IdN magazine got in touch to interview me for their latest issue on ‘Illustration in pattern making’. I’ve always loved pattern and it’s a theme throughout my work, especially as I focus more on packaging.
The magazine interviews a handful of designers, all working in different styles but all incorporation pattern within their work. My approach is hand drawn — botanical, urban scenes, abstract or even lettering. I create everything with pen and paper before scanning in to clean up (often smudge marks!) and curate the layout.
Below are a few pics from the magazine as well as one of the questions featured…
IdN: What is the essential elements / factors need to concern and address in order to make a good pattern design?
CH: I like to create a rhythm within the elements — whether they’re illustrations, shapes or colour, flow is really important. As I create repeat swatches it’s integral to test and rework the swatch so that you can tile it seamlessly without seeing an obvious edge. I start at the edges of the tiles then fill the centre once I know it works. It’s also a lot easier to start in black and white until you have the perfect layout, then introduce colour slowly, whilst testing.
You can purchase this issue online via the IdN website.