I have a background in fashion design and I had the idea of designing children’s fabrics in the back of my mind for a long time. It turns out there is a whole industry called ‘surface pattern’ which includes print designs for clothing and furnishing, and designs for all kinds of products. So after some research and lots of tutorials about creating different types of repeat pattern on Procreate and Photoshop, here is my first collection.
The spot illustrations at the top of the page can be engineered to fit different garments to maximise the fun, and they can be used on other types of product too. My inspiration was wild gardens and I’d love to encourage children to learn all about insects and how they really are garden heroes. I also aimed to make these designs as unisex as possible.
This is a ‘fan’ pattern which refers to the way it was created
And this is a half drop repeat
Finally, a repeating stripe using all the garden hero characters, and how it might appear on a sweatshirt.
All images ©Emily Fellah