At https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/pastel-flowers-part-1/ , you can read about this pattern I created for Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Spring/Summer 2018 collection. You can see all the prints I created for this collection at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/garden-of-blooms/. Today I’m gonna show you some pictures of the shoes. I think they look quite stunning, don’t you?
I became aunt when one of my best friends adopted Poppyseed aka Poppy, the cutest puppy in the world. And of course I had to make her a portrait, like any royalty!
Guess what? For Spring Summer 2018, I was tasked with creating a print with my flowers. When they told me I couldn’t believe it. My flowers would have been on real clothes! A dream come true!
The whole collection was based on pastel colors, so I had to use this hues for my flowers as well. I am very lucky because the office is next to Milan botanical garden (a very small but nevertheless a quiet and enchanted place) so I decided to take pictures of its flowers and plants. Being between February and March, I was able to find daffodils, irises and many other little flowers, but I also had to search on internet for others which haven’t already bloomed yet.
For example, they asked me an hydrangea (everyone loves my hydrangeas), and I had to use a picture found on internet as inspiration to draw it. It was such a huge success that it has been featured on the invitation for the runway show (you can see it at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/hydrangea-chiara-boni-la-petite-robe-ss-2018-runway-show-invitation/).
They didn’t specify which other flowers they wanted, so I chose by myself. Since I already had a purple flower, I drew two different kinds of little flowers, one pastel pink and the other pastel blue. Then I couldn’t decided the last flower to draw. In the end I opted for a blue daffodil but I didn’t use its original color, white, choosing instead another shade of light blue.
While putting together the pattern on Photoshop, I realized that something was missing. To give more contrast, I drew a couple of leaves and add them to the mix. Originally the background was white, but my bosses opted for pastel blue, after many samples in other pastel hues. You can view the final pattern and my other prints for the collection at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/garden-of-blooms/.
I was able to take home some of these small samples which would have ended in the landfill and decided to make something with the white one. I asked my dear friend Giuliana Vettorazzi to make one of her backpack for me. She’s one of the masterminds behind the brand Hello Baby (check out their website at https://lovehellobaby.wordpress.com), known for their amazing and colorful backpacks. Of course I had to have one with my flowers on!
Photo credit: Tamara Almeida
During fashion school I never liked drawing silhouettes and outfits. I felt so relieved when I finished studying, cause I’d never have to draw them again. I prefer my flowers or my landscapes.
Then I had to reconsider that kind of illustration. I realized it isn’t necessary they have to be only outfits on a white background. They can tell a story. And to help to tell this story you can add different elements and colors on the background. They also become more artistic in this way. Many brands prefer to use this kind of fashion illustrations.
So I decided to try. I made some illustrations inspired by Gucci (you can view them at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/portfolio/fashion-projects/). I chose this brand because there isn’t a better storyteller in the fashion world right now. After I had drawn some outfits from its latest collection, I create beautiful backdrops to match them. For one I drew a planet and a flower recalling the embroidery on the gown, for another flowers floating outside an old book and for the last one an ancient classical architecture covered by vegetation.
Then I had an amazing idea for another one. Why don’t use my floral patterns? I draw a green gown with poppies appliqués and let the backdrop empty. I scanned the illustration and then filled the backdrop with my poppies pattern on photoshop. I really love the outcome. I mean, my flowers steal the spotlight. The outfits are just an excuse to let them shine even more.
I really enjoyed this challenge so I decided to try myself even more with this kind of illustrations. After choosing outfits inspired by famous fashion brands, I draw them surrounded sometimes by a natural or a fantastic backdrop, other times by my flowers. In this way I also illustrate my favourite heroines, like Leia Organa and Belle. You have to scroll the PROJECTS page to see more of them.
I called them DREAMS because they’ve a dreamlike feeling to me. Dreams are very important to me. They’re undefined, you can never remember them completely, but nevertheless they always leave a strong impression on you.
There’s nothing like springtime. Animals and plants wake up and come back to life. Colors are everywhere: the green of grass and of leaves on trees, the light blue of the clear sky… And the many colors of flowers, both on trees and in meadows. In a city like the one I live you can spot especially wildflowers in parks and other green spaces. Yellow, pink, white, blue… and the red of poppies. In late spring they grow everywhere, even among lone blades of grass on street corners. I love how their red pops against the green of grass.
Inspired by all this, I worked on a poppies pattern. Unfortunately I don’t have any picture of them in my library so I had to search on internet. I draw three different poppies and then add some leaves I had drawn previously. I didn’t want to add grass, so leaves were the perfect choice to add some green and create a strong contrast.
Now I just have to wait the beginning of spring.
Once upon a time, there were my flowers. Well, they’re still among us and I don’t think they’ll leave us very soon. However, being a creative, I enjoy take new directions and create totally different artworks. As you can read at https://ceciprintsandflowers.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/she-came-from-sea-and-earth/, a whole and exciting new project called ABSTRACT started some months ago. It features patterns created taking details from my paintings and mixed with my floral patterns. I chose this name cause I really like this adjective. It can mean many different things and I think it suits very well these artworks.
I like all the projects I work on, but this could be ranked among my faves. It feels so fresh and new to me. Sometimes you don’t have to create totally different artworks from yours, but only give more strength and freshness to the ones you already created. Scroll down the PROJECTS page to see more of them!
Light blue is my favourite color. I’m pretty obsessed with it. It’s the color of sky, water and also of many flowers.
I don’t know why, but I don’t draw light blue flowers very often. So one day I decided to create a pattern featuring one of them and drew it. I also drew some little yellow wildflowers to match it. I’ve always loved these two colors together, because they remind me of the wildflowers you can spot in the meadows during springtime. I like the contrast between such a warm color and such a cold one.
The final touch? Some green leaves in a dark shade of green to give even more contrast. And as if that wasn’t enough, I love these flowers and this pattern even more because I used as inspiration pictures I took in places I consider my second home, after Milan of course: Elba Island in Tuscany, Italy (the light blue flower) and London (the yellow one).