There’s nothing I miss like Balinese jungle. I had never seen such a lush and marvelous nature before. Not only the flowers, but also that kind of vegetation which reminds me more leaves than flowers, although they’re actually flowers. I put them in my latest pattern inspired by that wonderful island: the red fierce heliconia and the funny bicolor parrot’s beak, alongside a pink delicate hibiscus and a whole bunch of white frangipanis.
This print was simply fun. I created it for Chiara Boni La Petite Robe November 2017 Capsule Collection. Originally I developed it on Photoshop, but it didn’t’ satisfied anyone so I drew it by hand. Then the fun begun. I used my markers, I mean more or less 3 differente shades of green and 3 different shades of blue, on a huge sheet of paper. It was bigger than me, I’m not joking! I had to put it on the ground to color it. I covered it whole with stripes of these colors. I spent a whole day on the ground and I was in pain for the next days. But it was worth doing it!
Actually this isn’t a real tropical pattern but it gives me that feeling for its vibrant and sunny colors. Especially that dark yellow background. The red flower is a canna I spotted in Bali, but actually the other flowers are common in Europe. That big bold yellow beauty is a daffodil I saw in Milan, where I also spotted that beautiful pink azalea. I enjoy drawing leaves so that one belongs to a huge series of sketches I made.
I’m all about flowers, however sometimes I like playing around with abstract patterns. Yep, I hand drew them also! They all come from the abstract illustrations I made playing with my pencils and their colors. I really enjoy the color combination of this one. It’s called “Infinity” and was created for Surface Pattern Marketplace.
I had fun creating another engineered print. This time it features a white flower, I don’t know its name but I actually think you can find it on high mountains like Alps here in Europe. I spotted it in Milan and found it very beautiful. I paired it with a black background.
What do you think of it? Are you enjoying my engineered prints as much as do I?
For Chiara Boni La Petite Robe SS 2019 I was also tasked with the creation of some engineered prints, always inspired by Gauguin’s artworks. I created two of them but only one was featured in the collection. Called TAHITIAN BATIK, it drew inspiration from Gauguin’s 1892 “By the Sea (Fatata te miti)”, where you can spot a huge wave composed by many different colors (blue, purple, orange). I created a color block print reproducing this effect sketching my own version of the wave on paper and coloring it with my pencils. Exactly as for the other prints, I altered its aspect with Glaze to create a brushstrokes effect. The final step was creating the print through Photoshop.
I really enjoy it. It’s such a bold and unexpected statement, don’t you think so?
I love so much pink and yellow combined together. So i decided to do something pretty different this time. Instead of a pattern, I worked on an engineered print featuring this beautiful bold yellow tulips I spotted in Milan.
What do you think? Do you like my experiment?