This is another design idea I have developed for my collaboration with Julia. Moving forward with this concept, the goal will be to create an abstraction form the repetitiveness of the tile structure and develop a beautiful, versatile yet unexpected pattern design.
Another early concept in my collaboration with Julia.
Small pattern repeats, geometric shapes and gradients are some of the things that inspire Julia from Warp & Weft. I am collaborating with her in developing new designs. This is one of the first concept ideas.
With the color palette in place, I am now ready to start developing the design. I start by creating wireframes loosely inspired by the painting, which are then colored according to my analysis and observations. I move forward with the design process by constantly evaluating and refining the designs, and while I don't feel that any of the designs below are finalized, I am getting closer to capturing the essence of the Skagen painting.
The color palette of the painting is very complex, which makes it difficult to work with. I am simplifying the palette, trying to pick not only the right hues, but also the right number and the right amount of each, to represent the painting. A lot of the sophistication is tied to the complexity of the colors and how they relate to the sense of light, and later in the process I will have to find ways to bring this sophistication back through my own interpretation and aesthetic means. But for now, simplification is key for me to truly understand the painting.
I enjoy working with the Skagen painters; their ability to capture the sense of light on a canvas is so admirable, and I would love to bring some of this peaceful, light aesthetic into our living spaces. This is why I have chosen another painting by Michael Ancher for inspiration for a new design; this one is called "Marie Dinesen og Anna Bitch på Skagen Nordstrand" ("Marie Dinesen and Anna Bitch on Skagen Northern Beach") and is from around 1900.
The finalized designs inspired by Michael Ancher's painting "A stroll on the beach" are applied to residential and hospitality spaces.
In finalizing the design, I focus on capturing the essence of the painting; the feeling of the characteristic Skagen light.
I am from and grew up in Denmark, and it is true; the light in Scandinavia is extraordinary. The Danish Skagen painters are famous for their way of capturing exactly this, which is why I chose the painting "A stroll on the beach" by Michael Ancher, 1896, as a source of inspiration. Analyzing, abstracting and interpreting the painting in terms of colors, composition, and light is part of the process of reaching a finalized design.