Alpine Symphony

In the Studio

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Step into the studio as we sketch out the creative process behind Alpine Symphony, from concept to final composition, where traditional hand-painted elements and digital manipulation develop a multi-faceted tribute to the sweeping alpine landscape.

“The initial inspiration for Alpine Symphony began with listening to Strauss' 'An Alpine Symphony' and thinking about the flow and movement from such a seminal piece of music. For imagery, we looked at swirling art nouveau designs and rich, intricate paisleys found in Liberty's extensive archive. With further research into Alphonse Mucha's stunning stylistic art, the beginnings of the story began to take shape…”


“The alpine flowers in the Heidi series were painted from photographs; black textured papers, acrylics and oil paints were used, producing a textured effect where the colours merge to create shadows and highlights. The paintings were then scanned and manipulated on the computer to create three different repeating patterns.”

“Poppy Dream uses outline shadows to create a modern graphic interpretation while Heidi is a truer painted representation of the original paintings.”

“Heidi Meadow is layered and broken down with the effect being a dense ditsy with interesting pops of colour, creating the texture of a mixed meadow.”


“Photos of flowers were taken from all different angles, then meticulously selected to ensure the best results were used to paint from. Lighting mixes shadow across the petals to create detail and movement in each painting.”

“The paintings were created layer by layer, using oils, an incredibly fine brush and good light to achieve an almost photographic quality of detail. The flowers were painted separately and then scanned into the computer.”

“Different layouts were created and then considered by the design team until the final versions were selected making sure that each design gives a different result in scale, colour and effect.”


“Using a soft pencil, I sketched out the alpine flowers onto a large sheet of thick watercolour paper, stylising them as I drew to form halos out of primulas and starbursts out of columbine and pink campion flowers; the swirling form of paisleys links the elements together to create a harmonious flow.”

“Thick gouache paint was then used to create a flat layer of colour, emulating the style of our traditional screen prints. I used a total of eight colours in all to give the feeling of a rich tapestry.”

“Our aim was to give this design a beautiful feel of movement along the lines of a dramatic symphony with crescendos and moments of calm.”


“This story of intricate geometrics and low colour botanical designs was inspired by the rich tapestry of crafts used by the people living in alpine pastures.”

“The details of cross-stitch and smocking were drawn into flat small scale repeating motifs, painted in gouache and then manipulated in the computer to create these tiny interlocking designs.”

“Elements of the small geometric patterns are layered into the more detailed design Floral Minuet, making them the perfect co-ordinate for a more elaborate design.”

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