Tropical Fusion Blog Hop

INSPIRATION
This post is part of the blog hop called Tropical Fusion, organized by surface pattern designer Mary Tanana, from Groovity Designs. The beautiful logo was created by artist Lisa Rivas, and the blog hop has the participation of 45 designers. You’re probably arriving here after visiting Ludmilla Adams’ blog. Ludmila is the creator of Fashionchalkboard, where she trains creative people in illustrator and photoshop. She started discovering her passion for creating patterns while she was working as a lingerie designer. We are all pattern lovers, regardless of our backgrounds.

In case you’re new here, my name is Bethania, I am a brazilian surface pattern designer, living in Santiago, Chile. I am a pattern and colour lover, trying hard to earn a living out of this career. At least I love making patterns… And I love when my patterns are applied to home decor items, making people feel at home. That´s my goal!

Tropical Fusion is the theme chosen for this blog hop and Pantone’s Radiant Orchid, the colour. Because I am Brazilian, and because I don’t feel comfortable with oversimplified ways of seeing the tropical world, it became a bit hard for me to find a way of handling the subject. First I had a good look at snapshots I have been taking. They can partially be seen at this board in Pinterest. But then I did what I do quite frequently while working, I mean, I went to YouTube to listen to some great music. This time, instead of Bach or Jazz, I listened to Brazilian music, that I also love. I am very proud of the brazilian music. Once I heard Tom Jobim’s Stone Flower and Marisa Monte’s and Paulinho da Viola Dança da Solidão, I knew I should come out with a visual approach that represents my vision on the tropical fusion, without worrying too much about clichés.

I focused on what tropical means to me. It means light, a strong, intense, powerful light. That generates shadows. Fresh shadows where the breeze is welcome. It means colour. Colour bathed in light, with many and diverse greens touches. And it means exuberance, expressed in shapes, in sizes, in sounds. So, here is my Tropical Fusion take. I named this small collection Radiant Tom.

Radiant Diversity, copyright Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

Radiant Diversity, copyright Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

Radiant Deep Blue, Copyright Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

Radiant Deep Blue, Copyright Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

Radiant Bougainvillea, Copyright Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

Radiant Bougainvillea, Copyright Bethania Lima Designs, 2014.

Before you go, let me tell you that for me one of the best contemporary expressions of Brazil’s visual arts is Beatriz Milhazes. She is a well known artist. Her name came to my mind while I was listening to Marisa Monte’s music. The first time I came across B. Milhazes’ work was on the cover of Universo ao Meu Redor, one album of M. Monte. I love how associations are established, don´t you? For me, Milhazes’ work is very tropical and very cosmopolitan at the same time. If you have the time, don’t miss this short video, in which she talks about her work.

Hope you had fun. Make sure you visit Life is Crafty blog next. That’s Nandita Sigh’s blog. Nandita is a surface pattern designer from India. Yeah, we´re taking over the world with our patterns! Well, at least we are all over the world, that´s for sure. Nandita´s work is colourful and inspiring. And she is a prolific professional, selling digital patterns at Etsy (visit her shop) and Society6, for instance.

If you have only just found our Blog Hop, pop on over to Groovity’s post where you can get started and join in the fun! Thank you for stopping by and thank you Mary Tanana, for all the great work you´ve done to make this blog hop come live! A special thanks to Lisa Rivas, for the beautiful and inspiring logo.






70 Comments

  1. Miranda
    January 18, 2014

    Wow, congrats on this gorgeous work and blogpost, dear friend!! Your take on the Tropical Infusion is amazing. The strong light and more stronger colours shine through your patterns. I love these colours and your patterns!My fav patterns are the first and last, because of those strnge clours and light.(I should have been born in more tropical areas haha.. looove this..) The work of Beatriz Milhazes is new to me, wow…. super! As an Brazilian you have given great inside info on top here!
    A shame I couldn’t be part of this bloghop, really would have loved to work on this theme too… Now I have to go back to my work that has to be finished before the deadline.. rest of the bloghop I will visit later, this visit was an exception :-)

    • bethania
      January 18, 2014

      What a privilege to have your visit here, dear friend. I know your deadlines are around the corner. Thank you for the sweet comment and good luck with the tasks ahead.

  2. Marie
    January 18, 2014

    Nice approach Bethania!

  3. Marie
    January 18, 2014

    I like your approach Bethania, researched yet fresh. Good usage of colours!

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Marie.;)

  4. Rebecca Stoner
    January 18, 2014

    Wow what a colour feast for the eyes! It feels like you could almost ‘drink’ the colour in the last design! Gorgeous work as ever Bethania

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Rebecca. Colourful was the name of the game.;)

  5. Sonal
    January 18, 2014

    “Radiant Diversity” is stunning, Bethania. Great post….I’m a huge fan of Beatrice Milhaze :-)

  6. Onneke
    January 18, 2014

    Wow! So vibrant. It’s stunning.

    • bethania
      January 18, 2014

      tHANK YOU, oNNEKE! Just visisted your post and found your approach very cool!

  7. Maike
    January 18, 2014

    Wow…love, love, love the radiant colours you have chosen and I can tell you know “tropical”. The patterns are fab and new – well done Bethania !

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Wow, love all those loves. Your opinion means a lot to me, dear Maike!

  8. Deborah velasquez
    January 18, 2014

    Hello lovely friend! What spectacular designs! Just beautiful, rich and lush.

    xoxoxo

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, sweet Deborah!

  9. Leska Hamaty
    January 18, 2014

    Wow!!! I LOVE your 1st design, the monster delisiosa leaves look fabulous. Full of tropical energy and vibrancy… Stunning, love it!!

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Leska. I did not know the name of that leave. Vibrancy and energy were qualities I was indeed looking for!

  10. Carrie
    January 18, 2014

    Vibrant!! Beautiful Bethania!!

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Carrie!

  11. Sherry London
    January 18, 2014

    Bethania, these are stunning! I love the Radiant Diversity pattern!

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, dear Sherry!

  12. Wagner
    January 18, 2014

    Bonito resultado, Bethania!
    Adorei a ideia de usar a folha da costela-de-adão como “recipiente” para outra estampa.

    • bethania
      January 18, 2014

      É a tal da diversidade, né, Wagner? Obrigada!

  13. Anna
    January 18, 2014

    Wow Bethania!! beautiful as always! and all the best luck to you :-)

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Anna.

  14. Faye Brown
    January 18, 2014

    Really gorgeous! well done!

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Faye!

  15. Lisa Rivas
    January 18, 2014

    I actually jump ahead Bethania to see what that intense color I saw on FB was about and also you are from the tropics like myself. It is interesting to see you had a similar reaction as I did. Love how you focused on the light factor with such tremendous “EFFUSION”, the result is phenomenal. These are by far one of my most favorite that I have see and that is not easy for me to say openly!
    Me parece que tus diseños aquí son realmente excepcionales, mis favoritos son: “Radiant Diversity” and the red hot “Radiant Bougainvillea”. I am amazed how you achieved that design, let the red be so intense but with out losing definition! ¿Será see toque de Orquidea Radiante?
    Te felicito… FABULOSO!

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Fabulous comment, Lisa. Thank you for the kind words. Ligth is essential for colour and for our tropical aesthetics!

  16. Nina May
    January 18, 2014

    Radiant Gorgeousness Bethania!!!

    • Bethania
      January 18, 2014

      Thank you, Nina. So glad you like it!

  17. Jolene
    January 18, 2014

    Wow! What beautiful designs are color! I love Radiant Diversity!

    • bethania
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you, dear Jolene!

  18. Daniela
    January 18, 2014

    I absolutely love your vibrant colors, Bethania, what a delightful mix! Also love how you filled your leaves with pattern on Radiant Diversity and Radiant Bougainvillea is just brilliant. Stunning collection! x

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      Thank you, Daniela. I am glad you´ve noticed it all!

  19. Mary Tanana
    January 19, 2014

    I love, love all of these Bethania!! The bright colors boosted my mood right away and made me forget about the snow :)

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      Mary, you´re responsible for all this brightness! Thank you, dear!!

  20. sylvia tay
    January 19, 2014

    Gorgeous designs as usual, Bethania but this time something new and different… very rich and filled with emotions. :)

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      Thank you, dear Sylvia. I am allowing myself to go a bit wild…

  21. Karla
    January 19, 2014

    Linda coleção, Bethania. “Radiant Bougainvillea” é o meu favorito.

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      Obrigada, Karla. Fico feliz que tenha gostado.

  22. Sue
    January 19, 2014

    Stunning designs, love them all. Such wonderful colour combinations.

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      Thank you so much, dear!

  23. Dawn Clarkson
    January 19, 2014

    Beautiful work, great post… interesting video. I really enjoyed reading this, just fabulous! x

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      I am glad you did enjoy it, Dawn. I put some thought on it and it is good to know it made sense. ;)

  24. L J Buck
    January 19, 2014

    I just love your vibrant and intense use of colour. Fantastic designs x

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      Thank you so much!

  25. Ellie Fidler
    January 19, 2014

    I adore the big leaves in the first one and the Radiant Bougainvillea is sensational, such incredible color there. Watching Beatriz…fabulous video and story she tells. Thank you!!!

    • Bethania
      January 19, 2014

      Thank you, Ellie. I am happy you enjoy it all!

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    January 19, 2014

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  27. Eva
    January 20, 2014

    Wowee, love them Bethania! Especially the Radiant Bougainvillea, it’s so free and powerful! Interesting to read your thoughts about the theme, not easy to come up with something non-cliché, but you managed beautifully. For me, bloghop time will be later on, as pressured by deadlines, but I couldn’t help taking a peek at yours :-)

    • Bethania
      January 20, 2014

      Dear Eva, thank you for dropping by and leaving such a warm comment!

  28. Anchobee Designs
    January 20, 2014

    I love this collection, is full of life! Lovlely!

    • Bethania
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you so much!

  29. Nicola Jones
    January 20, 2014

    Wow, gorgeous colour palette. Love the greens with the radiant orchid colour. Great work.

    • Bethania
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you, Nicola!

  30. Trina
    January 20, 2014

    They look great and I’m huge fan of those brights you’ve used too. Lovely Bethania.

    • Bethania
      January 20, 2014

      That´s a radiant palette, isn´t it? Thank you, Trina!

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  32. Tina
    January 20, 2014

    Bethania, amazing work, so creative x

    • Bethania
      January 20, 2014

      Thank you, Tina!

  33. Femi Ford
    January 20, 2014

    i always love to read your whole posts Bethania! so much thought and feeling goes into your work and it shows. a beautiful collection!

    • Bethania
      January 20, 2014

      I am thrilled by your comment, Femi. It means a lot! Thank you, dear!!

  34. Virginia
    January 21, 2014

    An absolute eye candy! -Funtastic colro combo on gorgeous motifs!

    • Bethania
      January 21, 2014

      Thank you, dear Vee.

  35. Wini
    January 23, 2014

    Hi Bethania, Wow, very eye catching, vibrant work. I love the pink texture in the leaves in Radiant Diversity. You have captured the tropical theme very well! Its great that you mention Beatriz Milhazes. She is one of my fave artists and I love her artistic style, and use of bright colour!

    • Bethania
      January 23, 2014

      Well, thank you so much Wini. I am glad you liked it and that we a love or Milhazes’ work!

  36. nandita singh
    January 23, 2014

    Lovely work Bethania…and very thanks to introduce me in such a lovely way!!!

    • Bethania
      January 23, 2014

      Thank you, NAndita.