Behind The 'La Petite Patisserie' Scarf
The 'La Petite Patisserie' design is unique among the first collection in that it is not a symmetrical design that rotates around the four corners of the scarf. I wanted to challenge myself to create an engaging, fantasy-like space for the viewer to enter. My fantasy space of choice? A bakery! Specifically, a french patisserie with lots of vintage trimmings.
The main references I drew upon as far as existing confectioneries go were the famously stylish french bakery Ladurée, which sells its charming aesthetic along with its candy-colored macarons all over the world.
The second was Shane Confectionery, a spot in Philadelphia that has outfitted itself in complete Antebellum fashion.
I was also drawn to this image of Sebastian Gaudard's Patissere des Martyrs, especially the tile. It got me thinking about how I could play with compacting spatial representation in my composition, which became one of the main goals of the design.
The final source of inspiration was of course the pastries themselves! I especially love when they are shown as individual little masterworks behind display cases, and I wanted to capture that preciousness in my dream-patisserie.
I was especially excited about the ever-impressive croquembouche being the focal-point. To add even more whimsy, I chose the carousel-inspired version sometimes used for young girls' birthdays.
I first sketched out the entire composition at full-scale in pencil, something I don't usually do. As a textile designer, I typically create individual motifs, scan them in, and play with composition on Photoshop. This was a totally different process, and turned out to be very rewarding. When the whole composition is drawn together, you can be very intentional about how the various elements react to each other.
Another aspect that I was paying attention to during this design process was creating in limited color, instead of limiting the color after creating. I wanted to produce this design as though I were creating it for screen printing and treat the colors as a puzzle. As you can see, it required a lot of labeling!
I then proceeded to trace over the composition, one layer for each color.
Once I had all of the layers, I scanned them in, gave them each their own color, and lined them up on Photoshop.
See you at the cafe!