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The story behind a COS print…

Prints are special within the world of design. They represent the coming together of colours, patterns and shapes on a single piece of material – often in a vibrant, jubilant way. To celebrate the new print in our latest collection, our designers shared the story of how they created it: through an artistic process of expression and spontaneity…


Though impulsive and playful on the surface, the design for this print was repeatedly refined and considered. Vivid colours, dancing shapes and overlapping textures produce an abstract pattern, which came from a combination of free and expressive marks made by hand in chalk, acrylic and ink. Paintbrushes and rollers of different shapes and sizes were used to explore unexpected effects, while experimental collaging led to deeper textures.

In contrast to the spontaneity of this process, the later stages of development were detailed and precise. Each simple shape or flash of colour originated as an individual piece of art. Once the right composition was found, the separate components were carefully combined, arranged and repeated to form the comprehensive pattern.

From a distance, the print resembles a montage of colliding shapes and colours. At a closer look, you’ll recognise the fading trail of a roller and natural flow of paintbrush fibres, left exposed to honour the evolution of this print. A visual representation of free expression. Behind the initial graphic impact, there is even more to this design than meets the eye…


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