Design Challenge Three: Kim Andersson

Spring Dot 12 x 12

Spring Dot 12 x 12

Spring Dot 7 x 7

Spring Dot 7 x 7

Spring Dot 17 x 15 (showing the repeat)

Spring Dot 17 x 15 (showing the repeat)

Spring Dot 3 x 3 Detail

Spring Dot 3 x 3 Detail

Spring Dot coordinating solids

Spring Dot coordinating solids

 

Kim Andersson

Here in Northern California the Sun has been shining and Spring is definitely blooming. I apologize to all of you that are still up to your armpits in Snow, but hopefully my pattern will lift your spirits and remind you that Spring is on it’s way.

For this challenge we were asked to “Find a window in your house, look out it, take a picture, and design one print around what you see.  Interpret your surroundings as you see fit.  What surrounds your daily life?”

I must say I spent a bit of time looking out of every single window in my house, many photo’s were taken and I think I have the starters for some great patterns… even if the neighbors think i’m up to something funny. One view in particular that struck me was of our apple tree that was in full bloom. The sun was shining, the bee’s were buzzing… you get the idea : )

Outside my window. The apple tree full of apple blossom.

Outside my window. The apple tree full of apple blossom.

Apple blossom.

Apple blossom.

I really wanted to make something that said SPRING! So I was taking many pictures of these cute little blossoms. Than it hit me, as I would change focus I would sometimes get the fly screen brought into focus in my photos… which made the picture look all pixelated.

Photo focused on the fly screen. Giving the Apple tree a pixelated effect.

Photo focused on the fly screen. Giving the Apple tree a pixelated effect.

Flowers and pixels! That’s what I wanted to do, as I really wanted to incorporate some sort of graphic element. I didn’t want to use square pixel shapes though, so I started with dots. I love dots on fabric!

Starting with circles I cut and punched some circles in paper and this started me thinking about halftone prints. Halftone prints use a printing technique that produces images through the use of dots, varying in size, shape and spacing. Usually used in paper printed products like magazines. If you look at the page of a magazine with a strong magnifying glass you can see these dots. Read more about it here.

Scanned cutout dots.

Scanned cutout dots.

These hand cut dots were scanned in giving the dots an irregular more hand feel and blown up large for a graphic effect. Yes, I positioned each dot in those flowers! Yes, I need new glasses now : )

In making quilts I find that so much is seen when they are viewed both up close and far away, so I love having a pattern that looks like dots close up and that the flowers reveal themselves at a distance. With my color selection I knew that I wanted to keep to bright Spring colors. I also liked the idea of staying with a Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (without the Black) that you find in halftone prints and I love the way these colors overlap and produce new colors.

Spring Dots in Hexys

Spring Dots in Hexys

Again I couldn’t resist seeing what would happen when my pattern is are cut-up into hexys and rearranged with the solids. Can you imagine how cute it would be in a bias binding?!

Are you ready for Spring? Get your brights out, Spring is here!

Cheers,
Kim.

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13 comments on “Design Challenge Three: Kim Andersson

  1. Ronnie Oliver on said:

    Kim–

    I love hearing about your creative process and I love this pattern–so lively and such a great non-tech take on what could otherwise be so vector-y! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I totally forgot to say that the background dots are a quarter inch apart… go quilty nerdyness! ;)

  3. OMG Kim… this is G O R G E O U S ! ! !
    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DESIGN!!! So modern and unique!!!
    I love halftone prints… I did an illustration back at college using this technique (acetate sheets and cyan, magenta and yellow markers!)
    I love how your experience as a quilter also translates in your designs… so much to learn!
    GOOD LUCK!!! but I really see a repeat(ed) winner here, hehehe

    PS. Can I have a quilted maxi tote bag with this beautiful design?

    • Yes Majo! I’ve been looking at halftone prints for ages and never quite knew how to incorporate that idea. Then it hit me for this design! :) I want a bag now too!

  4. Clever design Kim :) and I can totally see how you need new glasses!!

  5. Happy colors, such a fresh design! And I just love dots. : )

  6. Wow. This design is so pretty and so well-thought out. Another totally fabulous, marketable design from you! :)

  7. Jan Hamilton on said:

    What a really lovely design. The colours and images are so interesting and I can visualize it made into a beautiful soft quilt.

  8. Once again–a fabric I would have to add to my stash!!

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