As you've probably noticed, shape is everywhere, especially in patterns and textile/surface design (i.e. fabric, clothes, pillows, rugs, drapes, dishes, journals, packages, etc.). I love creating intricate patterns, however I've noticed that sometimes the best patterns for fabric are simple and play with shapes. Orla Kiely is a great example of this. She is an Irish designer who creates mid century inspired patterns with a modern twist. She uses simple shapes and plays with positive and negative shape. Can you identify the positive and negative shapes in her patterns below?
Create an Orla Kiely type pattern using shapes. A pattern should repeat forever in all directions. It's tricky, as you can see from Elinor's example. If you want an extra challenge, play with positive and negative space to create your pattern like I did with the toucans. Don't forget to share your creations with the class!
Art 101: Line and Shape
Welcome to Art 101: Line and Shape! We will be covering the first two elements of art and design in this class. Each weekday in June I will post a mini lesson and activity/project. The class is open to all ages, all levels.