A New Surface Pattern Collection: Magnolia Branches
Edit: as of November 2018, this pattern collection is now available for purchase on Spoonflower! See photos of samples from the collection at the bottom of this post!
Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a new surface pattern collection I've been working on these days. Some of you may know that I live in China, in the ancient city of Suzhou which is famous for its classical Chinese gardens. I'm constantly inspired by the details of living in a place so different from the Southeastern US city I grew up in, and these inspirations often make their way into my work.
I wanted to create a collection that captured the vibrant energy I notice around me during this season. These bold and graphic prints are inspired by the blooms of magnolia trees in the hot summer days. With a hint of tropical, and accents of leafy elements and abstract spotted motifs, my aim was that these patterns would capture the energy of trees blooming in the heat of summer.
Going with the theme of late summer blooms, it felt only appropriate to see these prints on summer products: light and airy sundresses, retro style bikinis and flip flops, and lightweight paper fans.
I created this collection to expand my surface pattern design portfolio! One of my goals for the future is to see my illustrations and patterns licensed for use on products. Lately I've been working hard to create collections, do research, and hone my skills as a designer while putting together a portfolio for this kind of work.
What do you think of these patterns? What kind of collection would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments!