Autumn design inspiration - magic mushrooms

The changing of the seasons is in full swing now in the UK - with falling leaves and brilliant autumn colours everywhere you turn. While I can’t say I love the shorter days and cooler temperatures, it is a great season to search for design inspiration in the natural world.

Mushrooms have long been one of my favourite subjects to draw and create designs from - I just love the unusual, ambiguous shapes you can create from them, as well as the fact that there is so much variety in the different mushroom types you can find. I was thrilled to discover that this year, apparently I wasn’t the only one, as it seems like mushrooms are popping up left, right and centre on every print trend forecasting blog or website I look at. Great, now I had an excuse to make even more mushroom-inspired designs of my own!

On a weekend away in the countryside a few weeks ago, I spent some time in the woods searching for mushrooms and taking photos. I was really pleased with the results:

Design Inspiration - Photographs of Mushrooms

The photos provided inspiration for lots and lots of mushroom sketches…

Sketches of Mushrooms - Pattern Designs in Progress

I am currently working on turning these sketches into colourful, graphic patterns. Here is a sneak peek of some of the mushroom-inspired prints I have created so far. I could see these looking great on quirky stationery, gift or home accessories products - what do you think?

Colourful graphic pattern designs inpsired by mushrooms

I will be sharing more of the final designs on my Instagram as I finish them, so be sure to follow me to see more!

posted on 2020 / 10 / 25

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