It’s funny how you get from here to there with a design. They all have their own path and evolution. Some are born spontaneously, some are extrapolated, some struggle their way into existence only to be constantly morphed until they find a home. Some expire soon after they are born, others have incredibly long lives.
I’ve been wanting for some time to start a blog series called “Can This Design Be Saved?”. But it is sort of counter-intuitive for people (including myself ) to show designs that don’t work, and even if we show it when it is “saved”, it may not be ready for public viewing. So in lieu of that, I thought I would show the evolution of a design in my now new Design Evolution series. I will probably focus on designs that have been published on product so we can really see at least one possible ending!! If anyone wants to contribute you are welcome!
Today we have a simple, but popular coordinating design in the Tokyo Rococo collection, waves. Its started out as a small little corner painting, where I sat down with blank paper and leftover paints from other projects and just started painting spontaneously. I started out with the multicolored squiggles, and then added the line work to pull it together. Kind of liked it, even the weird palette, and so made a larger version of it.
Fast forward to putting together the Tokyo Rococo collection where I was playing around trying to come up with a small wave pattern to add to the collection, and I started making something vaguely similar, so I retrieved the painted waves, which had yet to serve any purpose. I scanned it in, cleaned up the colors in Photoshop and then put it in Illustrator and put it into repeat and recolored it to the palettes of the collection. Then, Tokyo Rococo was licensed for quilting fabric with Andover Fabrics, Inc., and now we have bolts of finished fabric! It was meant to be.