Today I edited the scale of my Aztec design. I enlarged it significantly so that each pattern became clearer and easier to see. I definitely prefer the original, more detailed size in comparison to this. (It kind of reminds me of those telephones with the huge printed numbers for visually impaired people, ridiculously large and simple!) Although the original size looks busy and detailed, when the design is printed onto the actual plate size it will surely become easier on the eye.
I’ve also added three accessories to my collection; a teacup and saucer, a milk jug, and a teapot. (I figured the tea theme would keep my collection in keeping with Portmeirion’s British theme)
-Original Aztec size
-Larger Aztec size
My photoshopping is a little shabby on the accessories, it’s just a rough draft to get an idea of how they would work as a collection. My final draft will be finished before submission.
After a lot of editing and playing around with the original Aztec design in Photoshop I finally got to the superimposition stage. It isn’t until you get to this stage that you know how suitable your design really is. After some feedback from my tutor, I’ve learned that i need to enlarge the Aztec design, making it a little easier on the eye to distinguish each pattern. I should also start considering colour palettes (as much as i love black and teal!) so that it doesn’t stand out too much from Portmeirion’s other ranges.
This week i’ve been working on creating multiple patterns from my original Aztec design. I also wanted to separate the zig-zag sections from the straight sections to create two different types of pattern.
So after many hours of drawing individual shapes and repeating them in Photoshop, I finally created this ‘master’ Aztec print. It took me a total of 7 hours to complete, but that’s probably just down to my beginner Photoshop status. … Continue reading →
I had a sudden idea one night that I wanted to create rows and rows of different shapes to create a page of ‘organised chaos’. It only occurred to me that I was creating an Aztec print when I had filled half an A3 canvas on Photoshop with this black and white pattern.
I started to wonder where I could’ve gotten this idea from, and it didn’t take me too long to figure it out. It seems the Aztec pattern is everywhere!
The most obvious and current example is in fashion. I’m not sure if this is a new trend or if it’s something that’s been going on for a while, but it’s still very much a big hit amongst fashion prints and accessories and you can find many varieties of the print in pretty much all of the popular and commercial fashion stores.
But really when you think about it, when you really break Aztec patterns down into its basic shapes and singular patterns, it’s actually everywhere – signs, road chevrons, fencing, windows, zebra crossings, brickwork… the list goes on.
Over the summer I started working towards my submission for the Portmeirion design competition. Portmeirion began as a pottery designing company and have since broadened their specialism to table-wear, and so the brief reads that I am to design a table-wear collection that would sell at Portmeirion.
The theme of their work continues to be very british, focusing on patriotism and florals. And while they ask that you consider their market and style, Portmeirion also ask to see your own personal styles.
I’ve explored the floral theme far too much in previous projects and i’m not all that patriotic, so i’ve tried to design something a little different. I will still try to ensure that i’m designing for the same target market however. So, here goes!