Introducing geometrics into my Decorque collection is a way of bringing in a few design options that do not have a female orientation. I adore experimenting with colours and patterns in Illustrator, but also mixing these precise shapes with more natural textures and patterns brought in through Photoshop.
Whether zig-zag stripes, patchwork, all-overs or amazing borders to encase my decorative scenes on placemats, coasters or greetings cards, they bring a strong element to the collection.
The ancient Ikats have inspired some of my modern geometric design themes.
The Tribal Aztec use of flat earthy colours with white highlights and brighter hot tones in horizontal stripes can play tricks on the eyes, producing a woven effect. Other designs including the Ikat Patch and the Diamond Ikat have shapes cut from natural patterns such as a leopard print, and the textures come from cork. I believe that the combination of these precise flat, coloured shapes produced in Illustrator contrast well with the unusual patterns created in Photoshop.
The simple, clean geometric borders used to frame my hummingbird, panther and butterfly scenes are kept clean incorporating precise bands of pattern with gradients to give them depth – a little inspiration from the 1920’s – 1930’s designs. I have developed two of these borders into all-over stripes for mouse-mats, something to brighten up the that often-drab office environment.