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The role of pattern repeat in surface design

Rachel Goodchild | Creating Pattern

Pattern Samples © Rachel Goodchild
Pattern Samples © Rachel Goodchild

Pattern repeat refers to the regular arrangement of elements within a design in such a way that the design can seamlessly tile or repeat itself across a surface without any noticeable break or interruption. This is particularly important in various design disciplines such as textiles and wallpapers, for example.


In a pattern repeat, the elements within the design are positioned and scaled in a manner that allows them to fit together seamlessly when replicated. The goal is to create a continuous and harmonious pattern that can be applied to surfaces of different sizes without appearing distorted or disjointed. Achieving a well-executed pattern repeat requires careful consideration of the design elements, spacing and layout.


Creating a pattern repeat ensures a cohesive and visually pleasing result in the final product. Designers will often use specialised software to help create and visualise pattern repeats accurately. A well-executed pattern repeat will demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship and professionalism. Designers who can create seamless repeats showcase their skill and attention to detail, which is valuable in various industries.


Turning a design into a seamless pattern offers versatility so that it can be can be applied to surfaces of different sizes without any noticeable interruptions or distortions. This versatility allows the design to be used across a range of products, from small items like stationery to larger applications like home decor or fashion.


In industries such as textile manufacturing, a seamless pattern repeat is essential for the production process. It ensures that the design can be reproduced consistently without errors, resulting in a higher quality finished product. In the printing processes, achieving a seamless repeat is crucial for producing high-quality printing. It helps prevent issues such as misalignment, distortion, or visible seams that could affect the final output. On the cost effectiveness front, a well-designed seamless repeat can lead to more efficient material usage, reducing waste during production. This can contribute to cost savings, making the design economically viable for mass production.


Overall, achieving a seamless pattern repeat is a mark of design excellence and plays a significant role in the functionality, aesthetics, and success of a pattern in various industries.


Below are some samples of pattern repeats on various products designed by Rachel Goodchild.


Monkton Blue dress © Rachel Goodchild
Monkton Blue dress © Rachel Goodchild
Monkton Gold wallpaper  © Rachel Goodchild
Monkton Gold wallpaper © Rachel Goodchild
Monkton Red cushion © Rachel Goodchild
Monkton Red cushion © Rachel Goodchild
Monkton Green cushion © Rachel Goodchild
Monkton Green cushion © Rachel Goodchild
Elmwood Autumn sample textile © Rachel Goodchild
Elmwood Autumn sample textile © Rachel Goodchild
Elmwood Autumn linen dress © Rachel Goodchild
Elmwood Autumn linen dress © Rachel Goodchild
Elmwood Summer shirt © Rachel Goodchild
Elmwood Summer shirt © Rachel Goodchild
Nomad Green linen napkin © Rachel Goodchild
Nomad Green linen napkin © Rachel Goodchild

Nomad Blue sample textile © Rachel Goodchild
Nomad Blue sample textile © Rachel Goodchild

Nomad (red on blue) linen dress © Rachel Goodchild
Nomad (red on blue) linen dress © Rachel Goodchild

Bullpod Red (on cream) sample textile  © Rachel Goodchild
Bullpod Red (on cream) sample textile © Rachel Goodchild
Bullpod wallpaper  © Rachel Goodchild
Bullpod Blue wallpaper © Rachel Goodchild

 

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