How to play the pattern way. (When patterns go Pop!)

Looking at warm, bright colours, such as red or pink, releases dopamine — known as the “feel-good hormone” — which can improve our mood, heighten the attention span and even boost our sex drive. Cool blues, on the other hand, have been linked to the release of oxytocin, making you feel of calm.’
— Jules Standish (How Not To Wear Black)

Why am I so obsessed with colour lately? Filling our home with more colour (and less clutter) is making me so happy! I've been throwing paint around and trying out new colour combinations just for the love of it. And who knew it could be so addictive? And so FUN? Perhaps the scientists are right - that bright colours cause a dopamine release...

I feel really lucky to have a 'real paint' studio as well as a digital realm too. When I run out of paint, I turn to my tablet, when I run out of screen-concentration, I turn back to paint. Either way, it's all about colour for me at the moment and I'm happy to say that the latest round of play has resulted in some fun new pop prints to enjoy.

These pattern drawings are born from revisiting my fashion portrait series with a much braver attitude to colour and pattern.  This new series is more about fun than fashion and more about remaining playful than worrying about the final product. They are so much fun to make!

The first two pop poster prints combine my 60s native floral print with one of my favourite palm prints. 

The first two pop poster prints combine my 60s native floral print with one of my favourite palm prints. 

I love using existing fashion photography as a base and then layering my patterns over and over to see what happens. It's a playful process that I get quite lost in. Each time a new pattern is introduced, something interesting and unexpected happens.

My watermelon rain print is still one of my favourites because of the slight ombre in the pink tones. The palm print is back with a neon jungle textile pattern that hasn't been published before. I love how her coat is the same as the jungle behind her and that it looks like she has her left hand in the pocket of her coat. 

My watermelon rain print is still one of my favourites because of the slight ombre in the pink tones. The palm print is back with a neon jungle textile pattern that hasn't been published before. I love how her coat is the same as the jungle behind her and that it looks like she has her left hand in the pocket of her coat. 

It seems that, whether we like it or not, colour can be influential in increasing wellbeing. 

I know that when I've tried painting in darker palettes, I never feel as satisfied. So, I'm happily being a bit more brave with my combinations. Plus I'm trying to practise what I preach (to my students) "Be bold, be brave, try new things! There are no rules! And if there are, break them!" I'm trying to push them to be more experimental but it's harder than I thought because we are all so hung up on the final product and doing something 'acceptable' or maybe 'assessable'. 

Colour has an effect on our psyche.
— Constance Hart. Colour therapy expert from 'Conscious Colours'.
And just for fun I reused my 'Lashy Flamingo' character with some watermelon lollies. The sweet textile was originally entered into a 'sweets' competition for Printed Village and I've always loved it for the vibrant clashing of the lime green and the orangey-pink. 

And just for fun I reused my 'Lashy Flamingo' character with some watermelon lollies. The sweet textile was originally entered into a 'sweets' competition for Printed Village and I've always loved it for the vibrant clashing of the lime green and the orangey-pink. 

So, here's to colour! Chin chin! Drink it up!

These new prints are available via my society6 store.