Final Design Challenge: Kim Andersson

Tidal Lace 12 x 11

Tidal Lace 12 x 11

Low Tide 12 x 12

Low Tide 12 x 12

Shimmer 12 x 12

Shimmer 12 x 12

Coralline 12 x 12

Coralline 12 x 12

 

KimAndersson1It’s good to finally share with you my latest collection Tidal Lace.

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.

Lovely lace

Lovely lace

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.

Ochre Sea Star

Ochre Sea Star
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Anemone

Anemone

Coralline Alga and other Marine Algae

Coralline Alga and other Marine Algae

Tide pooling fun

Tide pooling fun

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.

Tidal Lace 18 x11

Tidal Lace 18 x11

Tidal Lace Detail

Tidal Lace Detail

 

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.

Low Tide 18 x 14

Low Tide 18 x 14

Low Tide Detail

Low Tide Detail

 

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.

Shimmer 18 x 14

Shimmer 18 x 14

 

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.

Coralline Detail

Coralline Detail

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,
Kim.

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.

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7 comments on “Final Design Challenge: Kim Andersson

  1. I’m so in love with that Tidal Lace print!

  2. Kim, another wonderful set of designs. Your line work is really beautiful and I loved the way you’ve created a new graphic and oceanic lace. I’ve always wanted to create a lace design but it seems so difficult (never get to do it – hehehe) yours is fantastic and it really does look like a beautiful lace border. Your inspiration is gorgeous, now I’m curious and want to visit the tide pools to see such beautiful creatures. You did an amazing job playing with scale, colour and texture. You’ve created a fab collection… congrats and super good luck!

  3. oh! I forgot to say that I love the movement (like water moving) in your Shimmer design :)

  4. Your work Kim is so outstanding that I’m left just blinking in glee!
    …because it’s so beautiful, fun and…
    amazingly thought out and explained.

    Thank You for such a treat to the eyes, mind and heart!

  5. Kim your line work is so delicate and intricate… and how you managed to finish it in such a short space of time is amazing. You have such a wonderful and astheticslly beautiful design style that I’m sure we’ll see your work in print soon! Good luck!

  6. Another fabulous collection Kim! Your line work is so delicate and lovely! Your designs are scaled perfectly and your palette is perfect! Gorgeous!! Best of luck!!

  7. Nadine Bosley on said:

    Fabulous work once again Kimmy, congrats on getting this far & best of luck in the final. I personally can’t wait for your designs to come to print. The design is lovely & it makes me want to visit this tidal pool & others. You get my thumbs up :) xxx

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