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Cathrin Gressieker_Mallorca Hibiscus

Being on the island of Mallorca those past two weeks, right in front of our hotel, I saw a lot of pink hibiscus. I am not such a big fan of those flowers and find them a tad overused in all kinds of tropical designs (which I had a lot of time to study on swimwear at the beach), but still they called my name and wanted to be used in a pattern. Looking through trend reports I felt attracted by a trend for spring/summer 2016 called saturated florals with bold colours, simplified floral shapes and a luscious, exotic feel.

And these hibiscuses seem to have been calling me for a while, because I went back to sketches from last autumn’s holiday on Gran Canaria. It was then that I took Module 1 of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-courses and did a lot of floral sketching. It is so true – never throw away anything (art-related I must say), it could be just what you need at a later date.


I had to test it out on swimwear, of course:


And I am very happy to say, that this pattern is now available for licensing through my agency Patternbank. I find, it looks also great on a dress or bedding.