Has it ever occured to you where the pattern on your throw pillow, bed comforter, area rug or sofa upholstery first appeared in the bounty of nature? Or, where artistic pattern was perhaps inspired from architectural detail, or other structures found in common daily existence? There is beauty in every facet of life, both living in nature or static within man-made objects. From the granulated texture of pavement to seamless fields of wheat, all of these shapes and effects can be designed into a pattern, and become an artistic accent for creative daily living.
Shown in pictures here is first an autumn field of grass that is beautifully illuminated by the sun in such a manner that creates the long, golden embellished sheaves that reach for the sky. Then, as a design counterpoint, a picture is shown of a beautiful decorative border that is like the field of grass. This design can be transferred into an iron fence, a metal frame, a writing paper decoration, or edging on a drape or bed skirt, and any number of possibilities for interior or exterior design. Can you see the likeness of this elegant rod illustration (called a vector) to the soft blades of grass with curly, beaded buds and autumnal flowerettes?
These two images are a wonderful example of art being inspired by nature, and how the trained eye can set apart the details of any object, alive or synthetic, and render a design or new creation. Once more, the pattern can be applied and put to use even further to become another form, many times over, in many new ways. Here, the blades of golden grass have life that is captured by photography in a gorgeous moment of time. Then, an artist creates a second life in illiustration, a vector in design that can be repeated, separated, turned up or down, or fitted to another purpose. This new purpose embodies a 3rd life, on paper or fabric in a 2-dimensional format, or as a metal fence or possible crown in a sculptural 3-dimensional format.
Be inspired the next time you see a field of grass or flowers, mountains on the horizon, the transparency of raindrops on a window, or even the rough pavement or sand beneath your feet. This opens the creative mind to notice and enjoy the patterns around you, from the texture and color in carpets, decorative pillows and drapes, to granite counter-tops or wood-grain tables. You might even want to put your own hand to pen and paper to see what you can create! From the seeds of nature, come all things to man, living and inanimate, of both function and pleasure in one.
Slide 1: A Collage of Nature, Pattern & Its Application To Interior Design
Slide 2: Series of Images Illustrating Nature to Pattern to Three-Dimensional Interior Room Design
Slide 3: Series of Images Illustrating A Parallel Between Three-Dimensional Interior Room Design and A Scenic View In Nature
Slide 4: Image Showing How a 2-Dimensional Nature-Inspired Pattern is Transferred Into a 3-Dimensional Shape (a Circular Staircase) for Functional Use in an Interior Design