#100daysofPatterns

Since I started sewing, by default I started becoming more and more interested in textiles and surface pattern. Right at the start of this blog I experimented with surface design, but I was put off because I felt print design meant Laura Ashley style flowers, and I don’t often wear florals, so I thought it just wasn’t for me. But the more I started sewing and started to define my style more, I still had a niggiling itch to design my own fabric for both interiors and garments to make something that was truly mine.

The problem was and still is, is that surface pattern is a huge topic and producing professional looking repeats seemed like a huge and impossible task. So I wanted a project to get my teeth into and to break it down into small manageable chunks. But most importantly, I just wanted to stop thinking I wanted to make repeat patterns and actually start.

Along came the #100dayproject, established 6 years ago it is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people from all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. Anyone can join (yes, that means you!). The idea is simple: choose a project, do it everyday for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.

 

Simple, but the plot thickened, as I knew I wanted to produce surface patterns, but as it stood I had 100 days of blank sheets of A4 pages in front of me, the thought of it was panic inducing. So I began to search the hashtag, #100daysofpatterns and found 10, 048 posts (at time of researching), connecting me to like minded individuals and I saw some inspiring work. Diving deeper I came across an archived blog post on Make It Design by Rachel Taylor. It outlined new design themes for each week, for 15 weeks, to provide prompts and inspiration to the Make It In Design students and pattern community online for #100daysofpattern.

Bingo! I had my project, with enough parametres to keep me accountable, but enough freedom in the prompts to take it in the direction of my own style. So below are the prompts for each week. Every week I’ll be sharing my inspirations and my 7 days of pattern design and hopefully at the end of the 100 days I’ll have a feel for pattern design, how it works, if I like it as much as I think I will and hopefully get some products made up in my own pattern designs.

Let me know if you’re doing your own #100daysproject. I hope this project is the kick start of inspiration I’m looking for at the moment. I decided to share my progress every week so keep your eyes peeled over the coming months for regular updates. I’ve also decided to do a personal challenge of 100 days of yoga alongside my creative challenge in a hope a healthy mind and body helps kick start the creativity. Now to start gathering inspiration.

Claire & co.

XO

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