Zebra Dazzle

Marker & Photoshop

Personal Project

Brief:
I wanted to create for myself a contemporary surface pattern design of Zebras.

Solution:
Zebras stripes are a survival tool that make it tough for predators to differentiate individuals. Using electric colors, and a dizzying repeat, this ‘dazzle’ of zebras was created in two layers of marker drawings. The zebra references were sourced from Shutterstock. The marker drawing layers were scanned, colored in photoshop, and composed into repeat. The stripes of the zebras make a fantastic statement, and the busy repeat allows the viewer to ponder where the design begins and ends.








William Morris - Willow Slate

Adobe Fresco, Photoshop

Personal Project

Brief:
Recreate one of William Morris’s original repeating pattern designs into vector art.

Solution:
In recent history William Morris, Van Gogh, Frida Khalo and others have joined the ‘public-domain.’ For this reason I decided to recreate one of Morris’s most elegant patterns, and also one of his first. Willow-slate is a beautifully detailed dance of leaves and vines.
I began by tracing the stem-work, petiole, and the ‘margin’ of each blade. Once this work (in sea-foam) was complete, I drew each “midrib” followed by each vein, developing a methodology that I will carry with me. I exported the document to Illustrator and completed the repeat’s seams.






Historical Damask II

Watercolor & Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Created in collaboration with Rehab Highland Park for a TV segment on a show titled: ‘In with the Old.
Create a vintage damask design to replace a deteriorating late 1800’s wallpaper retaining the historical context of the existing wallcovering.

Solution:
Employing public domain images from the Library of Congress I was able to create a repeating damask that passed the visual test for the client. With approval on the first-draft I lightboxed and traced the motif, and background on separate sheets of toothy watercolor paper using a sable watercolor brush and a dry-brush technique to mimic the look of the flocked wallpaper that existed in this historic Highland Park home.






Mother’s Recipes

Paint Marker / Scanner / Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Create a repeating design based on index-card family recipes of the client’s Mother.


Solution:
After scanning the recipes, I enlarged them in photoshop and printed them at a 2” Cap-height. To recreate the organic fall-off and jitters of Mom’s pen, I used a pad of toothy drawing paper and a refillable moltow paint marker as my instrument. Tracing each recipe carefully to separate ascenders and descenders from overlapping, I then scanned in my artworks and proceeded to create a wall-height design that repeats horizontally (to fill all walls of the pantry). Collaborating with the end client, we were able to perfect the color to the beautiful result pictured (right).






Fleur De Lis Vintage

Scanner & Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Create a pattern replicating the block printed motifs, and textures of the a 6x6” fragment of vintage pattern from the client’s fathers shoe-shine box.

Solution:
Scanning the existing scrap of paper, I was able to create various sizes of fleur de lis. By arranging them over the historic fragment. I designed a repeating pattern that closely mimicks the rhythm of the original surface pattern design. Using a repeating painted texture from my library, I was able to create a seamlessly repeating background texture that captures the essence of the stained box. Powering up a Color Spectrometer I fine-tuned the colors of this pattern on the production table to match optically the original pattern’s colors with precision.







Winter Cherry Blossom

Acrylic on Masonite, Photoshop

Personal Project

Brief:
Inspired by winters transition to spring, create a pattern based on the vine-like branches of winter cherry blossom.

Solution:
Using my Color Dictionary of Garden plants, I collaged together branches of a cherry blossom tree. Transferring the design to a masonite panel using carbon paper, I painted two vertical repeats (to reduce obviously-repeating elements). I brought my original painting into Photoshop and used ‘Select > Color Range’ and other tricks to recolor the design for an interior palette.





Vine Repeat

Muji Pen, Tracing Paper, Photoshop

Personal Project

Brief:
Taking inspiration from the late-nineteenth century work of William Morris, create a vine and leaf repeat.

Solution:
This was one of my first repeating pattern designs. I started by studying the ‘stemwork’ in Morris’s works by tracing the rhythm in his designs to try to grasp the flow present in all of his whimsical creations. Creating stems of my own, followed by blade-like leaves, I created my first ‘vine and leaf’ repeat.





Rameses’ Stars

Acrylic Ink, Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Create a wallpaper that mimics the iconic look of the stars on the vaulted cieling of Rameses II tomb.

Solution:
Using ink and brush our team painted an 18x24” sheet of grey stars (employing my method of ‘happy arms’ that I see time and again in star motifs). I scanned, and built the repeat, duplicating and puppet-warping stars to have more visual interest. Using my home-made library of repeating textures, I added a distressed and textured look. Being that the stars were produced on metallic gold paper, I used purple as the shading within each star, to neutralize the gold with it’s complimentary color. The design was approved in it’s first draft, and has been added to the collection of Detroit Wallpaper Co.






Seashells & Pressed Seaweed

Graphite, Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Tasked to recreate an existing seashell pattern using different shells and background elements

Solution:
Taking inspiration from the original design I counted out the twelve shells, and four seaweeds/corals required to complete the design. Starting with shells I sourced and hand drew each element using value pencils. After some heady research and development I was inspired to look up “pressed seaweed” as I was pressing flowers at home. Pressed seaweed is beautiful (see for yourself). After sourcing a variety of image references I created my own pressed seaweeds with a pencil to complete the design.







Spray Paint Hearts

Spray Paint, Newsprint, Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Create a spray paint inspired, playfully colored heart mural for the client’s daughters bedroom.

Solution:
I purchased a can of Montana Cans Gray spray paint, and enlisting my collection of nozzles I located a good line-weight and proceeded to paint four hearts per 18x24” sheet of newsprint. With somewhere around 20 sheets of hearts: I scanned the artworks, separated each heart, and added color adjustment-layers to match the client’s provided inspiration. The drips, overspray, and organic qualities created by using actual spray paint proved to satisfy the client’s vision.






Cane Weave

Procreate, Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Recreate a ‘cane weave’ pattern using images provided from the clients yacht.

Solution:
Producing a grid layout via tracing the provided images, I was able to build the framework for this repeat. I created a hard-round brush and proceeded mimic the fall off and gouges present in the original motif in a two layer artwork. The design was approved, and the client updated their yacht with our water-tight Type II commercial wallcovering.






Stable Dots

Scanner, Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Recreate a historical dot repeat found in the client’s horse stable, matching colors and scale precisely.

Solution:
Using provided scraps of wallpaper on drywall, I scanned and healed each dot, and arranged them such to be mathematically exact to the client’s original wallcovering. Producing a series of printed iterations I was able to color match each of the ten colors used in this design with precision.





Historical Damask I

Adobe Photoshop

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Recreate an existing historical damask provided by the client on broken scraps of drywall from their demolition.

Solution:
The solution was to scan in the original fragments and piece them together to the best of my ability in Photoshop. This proved to have relatively large gaps in the motif, as we were provided very little to work off. Using creativity and problem solving, and knowledge of whiplash-curves and art noveau motifs, I filled in the missing details myself to complete this repeat. The ‘framing’ was added last to complete the repeat, and a series of textures were also applied to distress the design.






Ticking-Stripe

Adobe Illustrator

Bespoke Design

Brief:
Recreate a discontinued wallpaper sample as closely as possible to the original sample provided from the client.

Solution:
Reviewing the texture I decided to produce the design with our matte paper as the background. Our Matte paper’s subtle yellow-point matched the background color from the provided sample. The stripe was created using a repeatied 45 degree ticking-stripe and clipping masks. The stripes were sized to repeat across 48” material (industry standard), and I used factors of 48” for the gap between stripes. The repeat is 8” wide and includes six stripes per repeat, equalling 36 stripes per roll of material.