The Ombre Collection

If your looking to make a lampshade from a fabric then is Orlando one of the dozen hand drawn and painted geometric patterns featured on fabric in the debut Ombre collection. Ombre has been created by British landscape artist M J Forster and now as Matthew John with Ombre. The two strands of his work influence each other greatly particularly with the use of colour contrast and harmonies.

The original artwork that creates the geometric patterns is all hand measured with a pencil and metal ruler. Most often the geometric origin is a square, either 10,9 or 8cm and their further subdivisions. Then using a permanent marker the lines are drawn adding either diagonal lines or if needed the various scales of circles.

Ombré Orlando Fabric Pattern

Matthew John’s use of colour and the precise execution of the ombre colour transition is what makes the Ombre geometric patterns so distinctive. As an accomplished colourist Matthew’s palette is derived from only the primary colours.

He paints using Winsor&Newton artist quality watercolour paint. The colours are cadmium yellow and red, alizarin crimson and three blues cerulean, cobalt and French ultramarine. All are applied with a prolene pro-arte brush, most often a size 10. Matthew paints on a Waterford watercolour paper 425gsm with a rough texture. This enhances the hand painted appearance of these vibrant colourful designer fabric patterns.

The colour transition is achieved by mixing paint in wine glasses literally drop by drop. With Orlando it starts with a cobalt/cerulean blue mix and moves towards a deeper greenish blue, almost teal. This is achieved by adding a cadmium yellow to the initial blue in increasing quantities across the design. This is a relatively small transition. Other patterns in the collection have a greater stretch on occasions moving from one primary colour to another or further.

Ombré Orlando Fabric Roll

This all sounds simple however it takes massive concentration as one error means starting all over again. The same can be said for the application of the paint. The combination of watercolour and permanent marker and the accuracy of the colour transition are all what make these fabric designs so unique. One must always remember that with the initial conception and execution of an Ombre design there is no computer only the artists brain and skill.

The twelve designs are available by the meter in a range of fabrics a number of which would be ideal to make a lampshade with. With free delivery in the UK there is also no minimum order.

Ombré Orlando Fabric Pattern

The Ombre collection will expand over time with new colourful fabric pattern releases. As well as fabrics with which to make a lampshade there are plans to create a wallpaper range as well as other applications. The geometric nature of these surface patterns would lend them to a variety of uses. For newsletter updates, potential collaborations, or any other information you can contact Matthew directly through the contact form.

To see the extensive work of Matthew as M J Forster follow this link to his fine art website

Patterns have always been a passion for British designer Matthew John, combining the endless possibilities geometry offers with his unique Ombré colour transition


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  1. Choose a pattern

    There are twelve designs in the Spring 2022 Launch Collection, find your favourite

  2. Choose a fabric

    There are ten fabrics available to suit a wide range of applications

  3. Choose a length

    Order any fabric by the meter or as a fat quarter in Poplin 100% Cotton

  4. Delivery

    UK delivery is free, worldwide orders £5-£10 and free for orders over £50

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