Just last week I submitted my entry for yet another design competition. This one is for Pattern Observers 2015 Textile Design Contest. They presented 3 briefs to choose from and with spring on the way I couldn't help but chose the Floral Category! And now that the contest is closed I couldn't wait to share what I came up with.
Pattern Observer teamed up with P&B Textiles to create this competition. There are some great prizes at stake the Grand Prize winner will receive a licensing contract with P&B Textiles, including royalties, representation at The International Quilt Market and $500 worth of fabric from the collection. The Ten Semi-Finalist Winners will receive a one year membership to Pattern Observer's Textile Design Lab and additional runner-up prizes from their sponsors.
The challenge was to create a textile design collection, consisting of a main pattern and a coordinating print based off of one of the 3 briefs that were presented. There will be 2 rounds of submissions, on 3/15 they will announce the 10 finalist, the 10 finalist are then asked to design another coordinating piece for the collection.
A few things that P&B Textiles looks for in a floral design is texture, coverage, and color. I am still experimenting with ways to add texture to my designs. I usually add texture through layering different motifs and creating a background element in addition to the main print. I have been experimenting with acrylics and water colors but I am not comfortable with it yet to incorporate it into my designs.
Chooseing a color palette is alway my favorite part, but as you can see I couldn't make up my mind. So I decided to present my entry with 2 different color palettes (hopefully this doesn't hurt my chances of winning). My color Pallets were inspired by some of the upcoming Spring/ Summer 2016 color trends.
The inspiration for the color in my designs came from these 2 images. The First image captures my bright bold side using all the colors that I love, so I had to use this palette. The other is something that I have never really tried before, it uses neutral tones with a pop of color, I just love the outcome.
As with competitions now comes the dreaded waiting stage, where you sit and stare at your work and questions all the decisions you made to put it together. As Artist we are our own worse critiques. I have to remind myself that regardless of the outcome of the competition I enjoyed myself while creating my designs. And after its all said and done I have a few more great pieces to add to my portfolio.