Every day I am surrounded by patterns – at home, at work and while I’m out and about. From choosing clothes in the morning to the various design creations at work right through to the urban art in my neighborhood, I am constantly inspired by patterns.
If I had to pick a fave, I would be hard pressed to choose between stripes and spots so I’d have to say both. When I was little, my Mum favoured stripes and that has stuck with me. Whether it’s a French-inspired thing, a Picasso thing, a love of Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein or maybe because stripes have always been in fashion, I can’t get enough. My washing line is covered in stripy clothes, in all shapes and sizes. Some days the three of us get ready to head out and don’t even realise we’re all wearing stripes, ha!
It’s a given that I’ll always love stripes but lately, it’s all about spots. From my fave Gorman metallic spot tees, to pretty wrapping paper, to fluoro dot stickers, socks, serviettes, bathers, sunglasses, shoes, origami paper, ribbons, singlets, washi tape and leggings – they’re everywhere!
Both stripes and spots were the inspiration for the me&my.girl branding and graphics used across the blog and our social media accounts. If you look closely at the pattern either side of this blog page, you will see that it is made up of stripes and spots. Just in case you were wondering, our branding and patterns were designed by the super talented David from Pop & Pac. If you love great design, you should check out their site here.
You may have already noticed that stripes and spots feature across the majority of our images, from the simplicity of using spotty pegboard for flat lays to using a variety of spotty and stripy fabrics as other backdrops. Our branding photograpy (by the gorgeous Chrissie Francis) was all about us in our stripes (see black and white stripy set above) and our launch shoot was all stripes and spots too!
Spots also feature heavily in our art supplies stash too. We have a growing collection of dot stickers – fluoro tones, pink, orange, blue, yellow, green and the list goes on. They’re great fun for creating easy artworks that don’t involve any mess.
All you need are a few packs of dot stickers and some paper and voila! We love using origami paper as the square format and small size is a great canvas for little hands. You can simply use the sticker dots to create shapes on the paper or you can cut pieces of paper into random shapes and stick them down using the dots. You can fold the paper and stick it down with the dots and you can join pieces of paper together using the dots. Your only limit is your imagination!
What’s your fave pattern? Can you narrow it down to one?