We’re already in autumn and summer holidays look so far away now. However we all have great memories of this time away from home and all the stress of the everyday life. I’m pretty sure you’ve made tons of photos that you haven’t had time to tidy yet. You’ll look at them in a few months remembering this happy time. And there are all the other memories that you can’t store on your smartphone like the sound of the waves, the songs of the birds or the smell of food. Some will fade with time while you will keep a more or less reliable memory of others.
When we’re away on holidays, we can’t help creating memories for fear of forgetting these unique moments. Some buy souvenirs from the shop, some bring seashells back and many take pictures. As far as I’m concerned, I do all of this every time.
But this time, I decided to make another kind of souvenir: a new pattern! The pattern I’m revealing here has been inspired by my week in Brittany. It is a magnificent region in France where you can find amazing seaside outdoors.
For this pattern, I simply used my visual memory of seaweeds and seashells to recreate the under water world (sous la mer in french). I applied a new technique: paper collage. I cut my shaped in coloured paper and then assembled and changed the colours in Illustrator. It was like going back to nursery school and that was fun!
For the colour scheme, I wanted a deep green for the background. I used the same colour in different shades for the seaweeds, as well as a deep blue. I like colour and contrasts so I used a flashy orange for the seashells. I tried different colours and combinations with more or less contrasts and it changes the overall aspect completely!
I haven’t created a whole collection of patterns this time as I was just experimenting. But I will definitely explore collage more and try to combine it with drawing/painting.