Barndt Butterflies

Raw ButterfliesMy butterfly pattern is in the style of the Arts and Crafts movement because it is an organic, simple design. I began with the butterfly, much like the repeated birds that frequent many of William Morris’ wallpaper textures. The added branches with their curving and flowing stems also depict a very natural and organic feeling, unlike the industrial numbness of alternative designs. By manipulating the edges of this base composition and mirroring the horizontal and vertical edges, a tiled pattern emerged. I experimented with several color combinations, beginning with a forest red and green and a brighter yellow, orange, pink on black then moving to a pure black and white version and ending with a lighter sky blue design on a pastel green background.

Forest red & green Yellow, orange, pink on black

Pure black & white Sky blue design on pastel green

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