If Jeffrey Zeldman and Heather Champ mention it, it must be all the rage. I’m talking about patterns, of course. Apparently, everyone’s using them to decorate their web pages these days, for subtle repeating backgrounds and matching color schemes. It’s oh, so very hip again.
If you don’t know what a Yardage Town is, you have never been unfortunate enough to have your grandmothers make you clothes out of patterned cloth. Yardage Town was a huge superstore of fabric, and I remember running up and down the aisles of bolts and bolts (and bolts) of cloth—patterned, textured, multi-colored, and plain. My grandmothers made dresses and shirts, bags and coats, costumes and panties—yes, panties—galore. You cannot understand the concept of discomfort until you’ve had an entire outfit made for you, and the cloth used was actually meant to be upholstery, with the scratchy part on the side that rubbed your skin all day.
So I’ve been collecting these patterns with nary a thought to using them as backgrounds for my pages. Instead, I’ve been picturing them as silks and patterned cloth for my little art projects—uncomfortable outfits for my little aliens and caricatures. Twisted, isn’t it? I’ll bet no one reading this can even imagine what I have in mind. So here’s a taste of what I mean…
And below are my Yardage Town versions of the patterns (click the images for larger view):
Hee! I’m really looking forward to making itchy outfits for the aliens. In fact, I’ve been considering whether or not I should post some kind of tutorial on making cloth out of pixel patterns like these. Then maybe everyone can make itchy outfits for themselves, their pets, and their imaginary boyfriends.
That is, if anyone is interested… or is as twisted as I am.Share this post: