As a Scottish textile and print designer I tend to pull most of my inspiration from flowers, landscape and nature. it is perhaps of no big surprise to learn that there is no shortage of colour inspiration right on my doorstep. No matter what the season is or the time of day, there is beauty and colour to be found in every nook and cranny of the Scottish landscape. The light is particularly special in Scotland and even on the most misty dreich day, the light can reflect and bounce off the landscape creating spectacular, dramatic or subtle colour schemes which can look dreamy, surreal, calm or stormy, depending on the time of day/night or also which season you happen to be in. These colour palettes continue to influence the direction of my work and I do think that they work particularly well in the area of printed textiles for wallpaper and fabric.
I recently drew some very simple fern structures, which are of the Royal and Lady Fern variety. They are beautiful and intricate and almost lace like in their structure. From my simple black line drawings, which I created in pen and ink in my sketchbook. I scanned and cleaned the original drawings in photoshop and exported them into illustrator to colour them up and make a repeat pattern suitable for wallpaper and homeware upholstery fabric.
I created a range of colour palettes from pale shades drawn from the attached photography and then blended these colours with lighter and darker hues of the same shade. I then introduced a few additional colour variations to give depth of field and an extra flash of colour.
No matter where you live in the world, mother nature plays a big influence on how we live our lives and enjoy our landscape. We often take it very much for granted and only marvel when we visit new countries, with new landscapes and colours which evoke our sense of curiosity again. Each day brings new colours into our lives in an ever changing landscape which is our planet.