Digital Repeat

I haven’t used illustrator before so this is a big challenge for me. After attempting to teach myself the basics via youtube tutorials, I have selected some shapes from a previous croquis design psd and brought them into Illustrator.

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The tile outlined in blue shows my original pattern swatch. I have created a swatch by dragging the objects into the swatches tab. ‘Object’ drop down menu > pattern > make.
Here in the pattern options i can change the repeat type. This one is a ‘Brick by Row’ repeat.

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This is a Hexagon by Column repeat. The top left square is my pattern swatch. Although you can see the hexagon shapes, its not clear where my original square begins and ends. Helen always says that the repeats that you can’t see the original outlines are the best ones! Although this did take me a couple of hours..

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This last one is a basic brick repeat. I have also learned how to add in a background colour and have played around with the width, height and spacing of my repeating pattern.


As my designs are abstract, once repeated they don’t look so much like the satellite imagery as i intended. I hope that the inspiration of satellite imagery for these pieces are still visible.

Croqui design implying foil print

Also inspired by Lake Mackay in Western Australia, this is my favourite croquis that i have designed so far. This is my favourite because the gold is showing slight texture, rather than it appearing like a flat, digitally painted design. I would love to get this digitally printed onto silk, cotton, paper or wallpaper and print the gold parts in foil. This print is versatile and i can imagine it on any of House of Hackneys products such as wallpaper, notebooks and cushions.

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Its less than 6 days until our formative assessment point via oral presentations. We have to display and present at least 12 final designs and i am not yet happy with any of my designs to be final yet. I have spent the entire day searching for more inspiration of satellite imagery and products that are already on the market and are also inspired by satellite imagery. These screenshots from google earth make me want to change my entire colour chips, i think they work really well together.
Baja California, MexicoLake Moore, Western AustraliaLake Mackay, AustraliaCurtis Island, AustraliaRocky Point, Senora, MexicoYeo Lake, Western Australia


I have been worried about not getting any printed designs completed on time for the formative assessment point, but after speaking to Keirene and Helen, they both advised to just complete my designs in digital format and print them. This has made me feel a lot less stressed and actually works better for my hypothetical design company, House of Hackney, as my designs need to be versatile and easily transferable onto fabric and paper and will most likely be digitally printed.

I also have until June to complete my full body of work as this is only a formative assessment point. I look forward to working on my collection from the feedback that i will receive and completing the whole project of work to as high a standard as i can.