Pattern Design Reflection: Sophie Stoltman


Photo of Pullman Sunset by Sophie Stoltman

For this pattern project, I was heavily inspired by the Pullman I saw in my everyday life. For one color scheme, I was inspired by a photo I took of a special Pullman sunset. I wanted to see how the wide variation of colors would look in a pattern that was more geometric and structured compared to a gradient sunset found in nature. I based my first pattern from this photo. I titled the final pattern “good vibes” because to me it looks a lot like a pattern from the 70’s because of the layering and repetition paired with the colors I drew from the sun set photo. I started with a geometric looking tear drop shape. I then layered and over lapped and reflected this shape to mimic the photo I took of my succulent plant on my desk, starting with a middle and then layering outward from the center.

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Photo by Sophie Stoltman

I struggled with making my pattern look exactly how I wanted with a background color so I incorporated the background shape into the final pattern, I think that this reflected the actual sunset even more than before. I think this pattern would look good as a planner cover or even a funky graphic tee shirt.

When I added a new color scheme to this patter I wanted to pull inspiration from my life at WSU. I wanted to show a colder side to Pullman so I pulled form colors all on the cooler side. The greens and blues that I used reminded me of walking under the stadium to get home from an early class in the early spring when things are just starting to get green again.  I think that this new color scheme demonstrates the Bezold effect because this new pattern and color combination seams more uniform and subtle compared to my “good vibes” pattern. This color scheme makes this pattern more universal and could be used for a fun wallpaper or even a phone case.

The next pattern I created was inspired by all the fuzzy coats that are in trend right now along with the fuzz of a dandelion. I knew I wanted to use a lot of layering to create a fuzzy effect. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a photo that I took of this inspiration but I have seen both of these physical things in Pullman during the changes of the seasons. I used an organic sharp shape that was unsymmetrical and odd looking. I then layered this shape on top of itself multiple times. To make the fuzzy shape contrast I layered the background on as a hexagon shape to contrast the fuzzy look of the other shape. I made this pattern with a warm and light color scheme that reminds me of a summer day and then also in a darker green and brown combination that was inspired by my succulent plant as well. I think the Bezold effect is demonstrated well with the difference of the outlines of the fuzzy shape. I like the idea of these being wallpapers or sleeves of a book.

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