TESSELLATING T-SHIRT DESIGNS
2016 has got off to a busy start at Tessellation Art! Returning fresh with inspiration from a sunny New Zealand, TA has turned its focus to this year’s summer wear!
The Vortex artwork range has generated the most interest from Tessellation Art fans. So, I decided to adapt the tessellation to make a printed T-shirt. The concept is to create the illusion of the birds flying from the back of the T-shirt, through the middle and out of the front.
The original design is used on the front of the T-shirt (with the birds flying outwards). By reversing the direction of the birds, I created a back print with them flying inwards.
I used the spiralling nature of the design to accentuate the ‘Vortex’. I experimented by highlighting different numbers of spirals.
I selected the single spiral design, as I felt it maintained a simplicity to the aesthetic.
I tried the single spiral in different colours.
Then applied additional colours for the spiralling birds.
And also looked at using coloured outlines for the design (click on image for better resolution).
I selected the coloured outline scheme, as I felt it complimented the simplicity of the single spiral of birds.
4. Final Design
Using social media to gauge interest, I chose the following designs for the first prototypes. On the boys T-shirt, the birds on the back start at the top and continue their spiral on the front – and vice versa for the girls.
5. Tessellation T-shirt Prototype
My order finally arrived today – here are some photos of the first ever Tessellation Art T-Shirt!
With the first prototype successfully complete, I’m now going to look into producing the women’s T-shirt.
Polo shirts, hoodies and vests are also on the list. As always, your feedback is much appreciated and always considered to help TA define its future direction!
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