One thing I've been trying to give myself more experience with is making collections of patterns/fabric designs. Patterns that will work together well, use cohesive colors, create a mix of scale and texture, and hopefully tell some kind of a story. I'm not very good at this yet, truth be told. It's hard! But recently I was inspired by my daughter Maddie to create a collection all about her. Maddie is 10, going on 25, and is walking that fine line between kid and teen. It's actually a really fun time (minus the emotional flare-ups) and she amazes me with her spirit of creativity. So this collection is my attempt to capture what she might look like as a collection of patterns.
There are some bold lines and geometric shapes, alongside some hand drawn and softer images, with some influence from India (a culture she enjoys and a place she would love to visit someday). I had to use her favorite color of the moment: turquoise, and then I added black and white, chartreuse, and pink. I wanted something youthful and fun contrasted with black/white. I did struggle a bit with all the colors. I had some help from a design-seeds palette, which was extremely useful. What to put where, how much to use of one color, etc. had me scratching my head more than once. There were some other pattern ideas that didn't "make the cut," but I'm happy with this whittled down collection. All of these patterns will be available as fabric in my Spoonflower shop in the next couple weeks. Hopefully I'll be able to give collection making another go soon!