Everyday Patterns

Tree Trunk Texture - Pattern Photo by Noa Ambar Regev

I love patterns in nature – this is the texture of a tree trunk.

There is a concept that talks about how reality is actually a subjective thing that exists inside our minds and is directly influenced by our personal perception of things. Without getting too philosophical about this, I do agree with the idea that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently. But you can also reverse it – what if you start looking at things from a new perspective?

I’m a visually curious person, that means for me I need to see new, interesting, beautiful things on a regular basis or I get really bored! I take Penny (my dog) for a walk everyday around the same blocks, so at some point I just had to change the way I look at my neighborhood to keep me from going crazy. When you walk around your neighborhood, what do you see? Most people would probably say buildings, trees and pavements.

Well, I see patterns.

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point I started seeing the world in patterns. Probably because I love patterns so much I was subconsciously looking for them everywhere I went. Today I do it very consciously and I like searching a discovering something new every time I go outside.

Sometimes it’s about looking up (or down), sometimes about zooming in or trying to look at the broader picture. The point is, you can find beauty and interest even in ordinary day to day things you see around you, if you just change the way you look at them. Try it the next time you’re outside, it’s fun! And notice how your world becomes that much more beautiful and interesting as you do.

All photos where taken by me during my walks with Penny (she had been very patient). You can find them and more patterns on my Instagram [follow me while you’re at it :)].

I would love to see what patterns you find in your own surroundings – share a link to your photos in the comments :)

Office Building Pattern Photo by Noa Ambar Regev

Zoom in on an office building.

Raindrops on Pavement Pattern Photo by Noa Ambar Regev

Raindrops on the pavement.

Clouds Pattern Photo by Noa Ambar Regev

Look for patterns in the clouds.

Paved building walkway - Pattern Photo by Noa Ambar Regev

Paved building walkway.

Yellow flowers in cracks - Pattern Photo by Noa Ambar Regev

Tiny yellow flowers in the cracks.

Flowers Pattern Photo by Noa Ambar Regev

One of the buildings in my neighborhood has a beautiful flower garden. I can totally see a textile pattern design in this one!

Today is (one of my) Birthday(s)!

A year ago I started something new. Whenever I start a new project which I know is going to become a meaningful part of my life and is actually going to create a significant change in my life, it feels like another birthday: excitement (blended with a little bit of fear) of what’s coming and of the dream that is (finally!) becoming a reality.

A year ago I started Pixiebear – My new line of party printable decorations for kids. If you have been reading this blog for the past year (Thank you for reading this blog and supporting what I do! I really do appreciate it), you probably seen it mentioned here a few times.

As with starting any new business, I didn’t quite know what to expect and what it is going to be like.

This turned out to be year full of colors and fun.

A year of learning something new every single day.

A year of trial and error, changing and changing again.

A year spent persistently building something I could only imagine before.

A year of ups and downs, and some great celebrations and (fully decorated) parties.

Looking back at it I feel happy and proud. It’s been a great year and I am so excited to see what the next year is going to be like!

Birthday Party Printables by Pixiebear on Sale

To celebrate this birthday I am hosting a 48 hours sale on my Pixiebear party decorations shop. Stop by and take a look if you like :)

Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

Oren Veksler is a talented artist who has been a photographer for many years. When I met Oren a few months ago, she was at the beginning of a new and exciting journey in her creative career – working on a first collection of printed leather shoes.

Textile Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Oren loves color and patterns (as do I!) and it was important to her that all shoes have an element of solid color AND an element of print. She also wanted to include some of her photography work into her designs and give them a more graphic interpretation. That’s where I happily came in.

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Working with Oren first on her summer collection and later also on her winter collection, I turned to draw inspiration from her artistic history, her home and her photographs. Many of Oren’s works deal with the concept of home, as a comforting yet fragile place.

Oren’s photography series ‘Beit’ (means ‘Home’ in Hebrew), is showing photographs of uniquely built Lego houses. These houses almost look like small fortresses lit (or burning?) from within.

Photographs by Oren Veksler

Photographs by Oren Veksler

Working with the original photographs I created new graphic images of the Lego houses and positioned them floating (or are they falling?) in space. I added strips of warm Yellow and browns, as Oren wanted this print to be particularly bold-colored.

Textile Pattern Design by PINEAPPLE Studio for Oren Veksler Shoes

Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

The fragility of the concept of ‘Home’ as it comes across in this work, resulted in one of Oren’s best-selling shoes! :)

Textile Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Another surface pattern design we worked on was this de-constructed map, which Oren is using in her upcoming winter collection.

Pattern Design by PINEAPPLE Studio for Oren Veksler Shoes

Textile Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

Oren lives in a small town only a few kilometers from the border with Gaza. This print represents the dual meaning of home for those living on both sides of the border – as a place of safety and comfort but also of war and danger.

Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Surface Pattern Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

‘Her own room’ – another series of photographs by Oren Veksler, showing photographs of women in their private environments.

Photographs by Oren Veksler

Photographs by Oren Veksler

For this series I created placed surface designs to fit the exact shape of the shoe. I tried to keep the idea and feel of the original photographs while giving them a more graphic look – which works great on printed shoes:

Textile Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Surface Design for Oren Veksler Shoes

Each of the women is concentrated in her craft or in her thoughts – completely inside her own private corner of the world, not noticing the the busy sounds of the outside, represented by the dense lines of text.

Surface Design for Oren Veksler Shoes by PINEAPPLE Studio

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Printed Leather Shoes by Oren Veksler

Working on these surface pattern designs with Oren Veksler was a challenging and wonderful experience. Oren has an exquisite eye for shoes and for combining the right elements together to create classic feminine shoes with a fresh point of view. I look forward to working with her on her next collections!

All shoe photos are by Oren Veksler. You can see more of her beautiful shoes here.

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