For several weeks I’ve been using the drawing app Procreate to explore pattern and repetition in graphic design, which might sound weird since I don’t use patterns in my quilting but this is different because if you are trying to draw something that can be used to print fabric or paper, you may want it to repeat to be able to adjust it to a variety of sizes and to do so in a way that it joins together without being out of alignment. All of which is best illustrated using my design, “On The Corner” as an example:
The first picture is On The Corner, a simple graphic design. The second shows what happens if you repeat it four time (with orientation adjustments), and the third shows what happens when you repeat it four times again, suddenly it looks like tile! And what does it look like on a laptop sleeve or a rug?
And I am totally down with spending the summer sitting on the beach in this chair!
To see these and more possibilities, check out my work on Society6!
Last month I downloaded a graphic design app on my ipad to give myself something fun to play with on a couple of overseas flights, and sort of like a kid with a Gameboy or Play Station, I couldn’t put it down. Better yet, it turns out you can turn those doodles and designs into tables and water bottles and tshirts and water bottles and phone cases and on and on.
So I decided to give it a whirl. I am still learning, but my first few attempts are now adorning the above products and a lot more in my gallery at Society 6. I decided to call it Art Mama Gallery which was the name of the little arts business I ran many moons ago. All I can say is wow has online art retailing changed a lot since then! So check it out, some great gift ideas are waiting for you there!
Here are a couple of the designs I’ve put up so far, and a few examples of what they look like on products. I’m working on some more so check back often and if you see a design you like but would prefer it in different colors, let me know, many of these can be adjusted to different colors.
Lucinda Marshall is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Inheritance Of Aging Self (Finishing Line Press,2021) and is the Founder of the DiVerse Gaithersburg (MD) Poetry Reading. In addition to being a writer, she is also an artist, quilter, and digital graphic designer.