Here's the completed mini collection Bold Botanica. Here I've created three coordinating patterns to go with the main pattern with the sweet peas and honey bees. Continuing to weave in the theme of night and day. The coordinates are inspired by the trellis and by honey.
When I'm struck by inspiration for a new piece of personal work, it's like lightning, and I'm blinded by its light. I know exactly the feeling, the mood, most of the colours but I don't have a clear picture.
I don't know why it's different when I do work for a client, perhaps because I need to quickly be able to visualise my ideas so that the client can see what I have in mind. In the early stages of commissioned work I find that a clear creative brief from the client, followed by a mood board from me, is an effective way to get the project going and to make sure everyone is communicating around objectives, goals and imagery.
But when it's just me, I don't have to communicate with anyone but myself and I can have the luxury to let my image evolve through the creative process.
So when I'm doing personal work, it's not like a photograph imprinted in my mind, more like an image waiting to be developed. Instead I know I'll uncover the image when I get to work, and usually I know how to uncover the picture. Once I see it - I'll recognise it, and think to myself, "yes that's it". That's exactly it.
Starry Sky feel into place, and the colours were there already, I discovered my palette, blue, lilac, white on a dark purple. For my collection, I created two versions on a different background, grey and blue also adding two different sizes for my pattern.
Taking a step back, I thought, what would happen if I applied my creative licence again, and moved away from my more literal experience of the starry sky? Applying a mid-century palette? And there it was, rediscovered... again.