Project 03 — A Wallpaper/A Pattern/A Sky

Firstly, I began by considering the concept of what a wallpaper and pattern both are. When thinking about a wallpaper, there were several ideas in my mind. The first was of the traditional concept of a wallpaper – a patterned paper used to cover walls to add a decorative effect. The second – and the one I took most interest in – was that of a digital wallpaper. The decorative display, background, or screensaver we all see daily on our cellphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, etcetera.  Lastly, I thought about the idea of a wearable pattern, and how different the aesthetics to consider are when adding the wearable aspect to a print. While I had originally liked several designs as wallpapers, once I considered them as a piece of clothing I quickly ushered them away. Finally, after struggling to find a balance between all of these and a theme I personally enjoyed I set about making a sunset through prints and patterns.



I began with the ideas of the stars in the sky and the milky way. I first started using curves that are offset by half of the wavelength(refer to sketch in the bottom right corner), but I latter realized that curves that are less symmetrical should be more appropriate for representing the organic nature of the milky way. I tried to use darker shades of blue to represent the night sky but they are not as visually pleasing to me when put together with the stars, so I decided on a very light blue. Overall, I happy with the product.

Adrienne – Project-03-Wallpaper

This project was inspired by Op Art and the repetitive patterns that present themselves as optical illusions. Op art is usually abstract and typically associated with black and white. Instead of creating a flat image I wanted to render something that appears to be three-dimensional, moving into the page. To achieve this effect, I added repeating rectangles of a low opacity to enhance the shading by creating white ones to the outer corners and black ones in the inside. Although the prompt was to create a stagnant image, I found the moiré patterns formed by the screen were an interesting part of this project since they change as the screen moves.


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This is an example of Bridget Riley’s Op art.

French Bikes Wallpaper

I wanted to have a wallpaper I liked without trying to do something too ambitious. We’d been making so many vertical stripes with the other assignments, so I wanted to switch it up and use horizontal stripes. I have French heritage, so I decided that this would inform my wallpaper. I went with a sailor shirt pattern. I added some 1950s French bikes to complete the feel. I wanted to switch to a more basic motif, because the bikes don’t really fit into each other very well, but I decided to keep them, but get rid of some of them. The color difference between the wheels and the stripes adds some depth to the wallpaper. I could see myself wearing it, although probably after some minor edits.