One of the patchwork patterns I created was based off of inspiration from envelopes. Inspiration can come to you literally anywhere and in this case it was delivered via junk mail. I notice that the inner envelopes were printed with cool patterns. I had noticed this years ago and started saving the envelopes for some type of future project.
I compiled the envelopes I had saved and set them out I knew I want to design a collage with the envelope patterns. I thought of ripping them into pieces and keeping the edges rough but decided to use a clean edge and them up in triangle shapes similar to the flaps on a lot of envelopes. I sorted out all of the triangle patterns I had cut from the envelopes and started to place them on an art board, cutting more of each pattern as I needed. I played around with placement ideas and alignment but in the end I went for a messier and more organic placement overlapping triangles and placing them where they just looked right.
I glued all the pieces down trying to keep their positions steady and wrapped ends around the art board edges. I had this finished collage that looked pretty cool and could sit on my desk but I wasn’t done. I really wanted to make a repeat pattern based off this art inspiration. Grabbing my sketchbook I started to trace out the triangle templet and create patterns similar to those on the envelopes. I scanned sketches into the computer and went to work creating that repeat pattern.
At first I kept is traditional and used only blue and black but then I decided to move away from my inspiration in terms of color. Below are the final outcome. To see different colorways visit my patchwork page.