“The shadow’s the thing.” ~Annie Dillard
I was walking along one of my favorite trails when I saw a flash of pink in the woods. I moved closer to see what it was. It was a Pink Lady’s Slipper, the first one I had ever seen. Did you know that Pink Lady’s Slippers rely on a fungus to reproduce?
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One of the creative exercises in Module 2 by Make it in Design was to look to our own culture and use its influence in a design of our own. I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and even have some Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. I have never been particularly drawn to Pa Dutch folk art but was surprised when I researched it to find many similarities with my own drawing style. I created a pattern that uses colors and motifs influenced by Pa Dutch folk art while adding my own flair.
I created a mood board with some of the Pa Dutch folk art I found in my research.
Then I drew some motifs, scanned them, and traced them in Adobe Illustrator. I chose colors from the designs on my mood board.
This is the final pattern that I created. While it has the same colors and similar motifs to the images on the mood board, it looks very different because I added my own flair and style.
Finally I uploaded the pattern to my Redbubble shop and added it all sorts of products.