I love creating patterns. My favourite thing is to carve little rubber stamps from cheap erasers, and use these to create endless variations on a pattern theme.
But where do the ideas for my clear, simple patterns come from?
Finding the ingredients
While designing the Scandi Candy patterns, I started thinking that creating patterns is a bit like cooking or baking – it’s about the quality of ingredients, & taking the time to combine them just right.
With Scandi Candy, I had all the ingredients for her pattern right in front of my nose… for years before they became Scandi Candy!
Slow-cooking a pattern
Alongside my busy days at Skinny laMinx, I have a slow-simmering hobby, stitching needlepoint tapestries. My most recent design has a scattering of colourful graphic shapes that look like little midcentury sweeties.
I’ve been stitching away for over a year now, and after so much time working on something, I either love it or I start to hate it. But I loved the candy-like shapes in my needlepoint more than when I’d started, which is how I knew it had to become a Skinny print. I became curious about what else these shapes had to offer.
So, one sunny morning in my studio, I turned my needlepoint into rubber stamps.
I carved each motif into cheap erasers, and filled a notebook with stamped patterns, experimenting with combinations, placement and colours. From these pages, I selected the patterns I liked best. I combined them at different scales in two colourways, and the Scandi Candy homewares range was perfectly baked and ready to serve.
Creating a simple design like Scandi Candy may look like it’s easy to achieve.
But, just like an excellent dish, it’s the combination of good ingredients, a curious mind and a long, slow process that something so sweet & delicious can be made.