Even with the design almost finalized, I went through one last round of adjustments, making sure that even the smallest details are consistent with the overall design idea. In this final stage the changes are minimal, but essential to ensure cohesiveness and clarity of the concept. These changes are particularly focused on the top-center and center parts of the design.
When I first developed the concept for the Skagen inspired rug, I really didn't know much about rug design and manufacturing. So the design that I developed based on Michael Ancher's painting 'A Stroll on the Beach' needed some work in order to translate into a manufacturable rug. I still have a lot to learn about the rug industry, but I am starting to understand the basic principles.
I have been working with Michael on simplifying the original design, picking out the right color in the Warp & Weft color library and figuring out the right configuration that will stay true to the original design. I am also adjusting the proportions to make them fit a 9'x12' rug. The original design is shown first, followed by iteration one to nine.
This concept is developed in collaboration with Richard from Warp & Weft. His idea is to create a design, where a very crisp, repeated geometric pattern interacts with something softer and more abstract - to have the pattern be very clear and visible in some places, but blurred and out of focus in other. In developing this concept I am trying to find the perfect balance between two opposites, creating something that is complex yet calm, contrasting yet cohesive.