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An eye for :: tribal and native prints

A collection of native an tribal inspired products

Firstly I don’t want to give offence by using the words ‘tribal’ or ‘native’ but I am seriously stuck for words when it comes to a better description. I hope you understand my meaning when I say I have had a serious eye for patterns and products inspired by native American, Aztec and African motifs and patterns. To be honest I’m not sure if I would ever use these designs in my own work but right now I am so attracted to the colour and geometry and texture.

You can find all these gorgeous products on my Patterns and Motifs Pinterest board. They are:

  1. Pendleton Rainbow Blanket (sold out) from Urban Outfitters
  2. Pattern A4 Print from Sandra Dieckmann Etsy Store
  3. Tribal Feather Art Print from A Girl and Her Brush Etsy Store
  4. Classic Friendship Bracelets – Tutorial from Purl Bee
  5. iPhone 5 case from Field Trip Etsy Store
  6. Image via E Art Ekstrax blog – read this post on Tribal Art and Culture, it’s truly wonderful
  7. Image via The Beautiful Soup
  8. 8×10 art print – Native American / Navajo Inspired – Bright, Colorful & Graphic Art Pattern Poster Print from Fancy That Design House Etsy Store
  9. Going Hunting – Black and Cornstalk – Modern Hand Printed Pillow Cover from Simka Sol Etsy Store


June 7, 2015 \ design \ 0 comments - be the first

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From the archives :: chandelier pattern

Pattern inspired by chandeliers

I designed this pattern, Chandelier, about 18 months ago when I was going through a thing for chandeliers (I still love them). This is one of the first patterns I made using ColourLovers Seamless Studio and to be honest it was put together without much thought since I was more focused on the technology than the outcome. So it makes me smile that several times a month this pattern gets put to good use by other ColourLovers. It’s been used about 110 times and in the last few weeks it’s once again getting an airing and I thought it would be fun to share some of those with you. It always amazes me the variety that is possible in a pattern that only allows 3 colours (and #2 only used black and white). I’m loving the grey, black, white, pink and the wonderful pop of blue. Which is your favourite?

6 different patterns based on my Chandelier pattern

You can view all these patterns on ColourLovers:

  1. forgotten imperial by ivi46
  2. Chandelier by Bubbles04162
  3. vra by sweetlake
  4. pink pattern by englishclare
  5. Chickadee Creations by Chickadee
  6. Grand Ocean by JessicaLuLuLee9217

February 14, 2013 \ design \ 4 comments

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Storybook :: Palette and Patterns

Image and 5 colour palette

I had forgotten how much I love making palettes and patterns. This is my first one in a while that started with that great photo titled bring me your colours that I might be with them by I, Timmy over at Flickr. I worked to get 5 colours that seemed to belong together and when I’d found a collection I liked it kind of reminded me of old time story books, which explains the name, in case you were wondering.

Image of floral and geometric patterns

This palette also seemed to work for my ‘Scandi Doodles’ that I’ve been doing this week towards my zine. I had a lot of fun drawing dandelions and other weeds and although my triangles were originally created for a different colour scheme they kind of work with this one. My patterns are Storybook Weeds (top) and All Geometric (bottom) and you’re welcome to recolour them over at ColourLovers. Enjoy!

August 18, 2012 \ colour lover \ 1 comment

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Pods revisited :: palette and patterns

Tree pods and colour swatch

I wasn’t very happy with my last attempt at my seeds and pods patterns so I decided to go back to the drawing board. I made a few colour modifications to the pattern template because I felt it would work better with a reduced colour palette. The other change I made was my palette and this time I used this one based on a photo of tree pods I took at the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Discover Centre. A blogging buddy (yes Miss Robin I’m talking about you) made me promise I would post my changes, so here they are.

Two patterns

My patterns are Seeds take two (top) and Pods again (bottom), you’re welcome to download them and tweak them on ColourLovers. I’m much happier with the Seeds take two as they are a little less busy but I’m still not sure how I feel about the pods. If you have a thought I would love to hear it.

February 27, 2012 \ colour lover \ 2 comments

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Trellis patterns

Collection of cushions with lattice patterns

I have such an eye for lattice/trellis patterns at the moment. I think in general I like patterns that make me look at the negative space as well. I’m very aware that all my selections today are cushions and this is because my vintage fabric cushion cover that I blogged about in January 2008, has had a sad demise. Cushions have to made of tough stuff to survive in our house and vintage fabric by it’s nature has been pre-loved and this one started to fray and then developed very large holes. So now I’m on the lookout for something new and I just keep seeing lattice.

My lattice cushion finds are all via etsy, clockwise from top left: Pair of 2 Decorative Pillows – Moroccan Quatrefoil Lattice Pillows – 18 inch – Navy Blue by Willa Skye Home Accessories – Interior Design, Trellis Modern Geometric Designer Pillow 20×20 Yellow / Navy blue / White Accent Throw Cushion Cover by Whitlock & CoMid Century Modern – Hollywood Regency Imperial Trellis Style Fabric Cushion Cover Blue & White by Vibe Home Designer Pillows and Fabrics, Decorative Pillow Cover. 18 x 18. Green. Cream. Trellis. Indoor / Outdoor. Accent Pillow by BethDanielleDesigns

January 12, 2012 \ etsy \ 1 comment

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Palette and pattern :: tiny snowflakes

Palette inspired by frozen berries

It’s been a while since my last palette and I had forgotton how much I enjoy the process. Inspired by the snowflake image by Kathy I set about to create my palette, I paid a little more attention to what I like to think of as geography in an image. This is how much a colour occupies the real estate of the image and what colours immediately jump out at me – squinting helps me with this task. Remembering of course that at ColourLovers you are limited to a palette of 5 colours.

I think though I really enjoyed the beginning to end process of my pattern making this time around using my own hand drawn snowflakes. This was my first attempt and I learned a lot from the exercise. I was very judgemental of my drawings but once I started to incorporate scale and colour they really did reveal something different. My two patterns, which you are welcome to download and use are (top) Snowing Somewhere and (bottom) Primary Snow. If you are a ColourLover you can also use my templates to create a pattern with your own colours. And I’ve just spotted a flaw in the bottom one, can you see it? Oh well.

Handmade patterns

December 21, 2011 \ colour lover \ 1 comment

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Palette and patterns :: lightbulbs

Well my light is on it’s way and now I’m planning lighting for the rest of the house. I seem to be somewhat obsessed with luminescence this week so I thought I’d use that obsession for my palette and subsequent patterns. To be honest I like the palette a lot but I don’t think it does anything for my patterns.

Both patterns this week celebrate light and after drawing my light bulb I realised that not too many light bulbs actually have that shape anymore – I’m showing my age. My patterns are Lighting the Way (top) and Lightbulbs (bottom). I think I may have to go back to the drawing board with my colour choices but my patterns have potential.

November 11, 2011 \ colour lover \ 1 comment

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Palette and patterns :: handwritten

I fell in love with this image by jamelah e. – titled the scroll. She writes great reminiscences about her photos and I implore you to read this one – you won’t be disappointed. I knew it would also make a great palette and the range of colours in this image made it hard to narrow it down to 5 – I do love the final result.

In keeping with my handwritten theme that revealed itself this week I thought I would create two ‘handwritten’ patterns. The top one (below) called Persuasion, is one of my favourite passages from Jane Austen’s Persuasion that I blogged about here a while ago. The font I used is also called Jane Austen from daFont and I turned the passage into an SVG image. The bottom pattern is called Dream. I like them singularly but putting them together doesn’t really do either of them justice. My template for Persuasion, which I called Jane Austen has already been a hit on ColourLovers, with a lot of variations that are much lovelier than mine.

August 22, 2011 \ colour lover \ 1 comment

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Palette and patterns :: coffee

OK so I think I’ve  got coffee cups out of my system for a while. My last coffee related post – for this month anyway is my palette inspired by this serene photo Coffee Cup and Book by Rebecca Nichols.

This afternoon I’m off to Rockhampton for 3 days of work. I’m not a fan of travelling for work as it seems to mess with my body and I just miss my boys too much. Hopefully this will be my last work trip for a long time and I make the time away from my little men easier to deal with by imagining the things I can do that are not always possible at home – like have a morning coffee and read a book without interruption.

My patterns inspired by theme and palette are top –  Coffee anyone? and bottom Afternoons and coffee. While I love the palette I don’t think it really captures the serenity of the photo so maybe back to the drawing board. Have a good week, do you have anything special planned?

August 15, 2011 \ colour lover \ 1 comment

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Palette and patterns :: colourful interiors

I set myself a challenge with this weeks palette, and that was to create a palette of colours I would not usually choose. My start was this gorgeous photo titled Colorful Living Room – I could absolutely see myself in that chair with a good book. This was my second attempt, the first still had me selecting some ‘safe’ colours.

My pattern challenge then was to create 2 patterns that could be turned into either a cushion cover or even be used to upholster a chair. I’m not sure if I hit the mark but my two patterns are – on the left – Upholstered Chair, which I think would work well on a chair if the pattern was a bit smaller. On the right – Lacy Chevron – which I think would make an awesomely garish cushion cover if it was a bit larger. What do you think? It was nice to step outside of my colour comfort zone for a bit.

August 8, 2011 \ colour lover \ 2 comments

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