My Design Process - The Envelope Project

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

Final repeat pattern design

Final repeat pattern design