The inspiration for this collection comes from two very different experiences in my life that I’ve woven together. The first is from my Grandmother’s ballet shop and the second is from an amazing family outing to some tide pools on the Pacific coast.
While I was in process with designing this collection I took printouts to my quilt guild, the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild, to show my friends. After lots of positive feedback one question that came up was “How did you come up with an idea to cross lace with tide pools?”
After Challenge 4 and reflecting about my Grandparents some more, I thought back to my Grandmothers shop. She had a Ballet shop and it was filled with wondrous things! One of these was many lengths of trim and lace used in the creation of wonderful ballet costumes. I would spent whole days during Summer holidays playing with these! Also looking back at previous judges feedback on REPEAT(ed) there was a reoccurring appreciation for my work with line, so working a lace element into my design seemed a natural way to approach this collection.
The idea to use tide pools as the other part of my inspiration came from a family trip that we took to a lovely coastal town last September over the Labor Day weekend. We traveled to Bolinas and friends had told us not to miss the tidal pools of Agate Beach. Looking up the tidal information we woke early to get there for low tide and were rewarded with amazing tidal life! Ochre Sea Stars (I can’t help calling them Star Fish), Limpets, Sea Snails, Chitons (which I had never seen before), beautiful Anemones, Barnacles, Crabs, Tide pool fish and gorgeous Marine Algae.
We spent a wonderful morning with the kids looking from pool to pool to see what we could spy. Lucky for us there was an experienced tide pooling family there at the same time, and they pointed many things out to us that we could have otherwise missed.
I wanted this collection to be full of fascinating details, like you have in lace and in tide pools.
The lead design, Tidal Lace, is my imagining of lace and tide pools integrated together. I chose to design this as horizontal stripe that can be used as a border or a larger scale stripe. It has lots of detail that can work in smaller pieces as well. It is the largest in the collection (the sea star is 7.5 inches top to bottom). Just one color here so that the line work is emphasized.
The next design, Low Tide, is bursting with the color and life of the tide pool. There are so many colors in sea life and pleasant color surprises. This design is a medium scale print.
The third design, Shimmer, uses the base lace pattern filled with blue tones and sporadic pops of yellow. The yellow and whites represent glints of light that play on the surface of the rippling water represented in an abstract way.
The final design in this collection, Coralline, comes inspired from the forms of the Coralline Alga. I wanted to provide some contrast to the complexity of the other designs in the collection with this piece. It is a smaller scale pattern with a simple use of one of the elements in two tones, creating a more textural design.
As you can see over these four prints I’ve tried to produce a variation in color use and scale across this collection. The designs work well with many different color ways even though I only get to show you the one today. I also have some more pattern ideas that will extend this collection further, tide pool life is a rich bed of inspiration!
I hope that you like this final collection as much as I do. It’s been a great experience putting a collection together for this challenge. I can’t wait to get some fabric tests printed and sew with it!
What an AMAZING experience REPEAT(ed) has been. I can’t say thank you enough to Ellen and Madeleine. Thanks to this competition I’ve been looking at my design subjects in a completely different way which leads to some interesting story telling.
Bravo! to the other many talented designers for producing some wonderful designs.
And many many thanks to YOU for reading and voting, your encouragement and comments make my day!
Cheers and hugs,
P.S. Don’t forget that you can find me here at www.iadorepattern.com to keep in touch with this pattern journey of mine.