Marimekko’s most complex patterns to date, the Vattenblänk fabric print is where art, poetry and technology meet. A new designer to join Marimekko’s ranks, Astrid Sylwan is inspired by the poetic movement of water as it shimmers in the sunlight; Vattenblänk actually means “glittering water” in Swedish and Sylwan captures this beauty through her expressive print.
Blue rectangles, green and magenta ovals and thin yellow stripes vertically rain down the center of the print to layer the fabric with blocks of color. Black half circles seem to simulate rocks while larger light blue circles hint to a ripple or wave of water. Her complicated pattern produces countless points of interest.
In order to create this impressive print, Marimekko textile printer’s used gradient effects, overlapping colors and a large repeat to carry out Sylwan’s vision. Visually stunning, Vattenblänk is more like a work of art than an industrially manufactured product.