Plaids and stripes have always been an important part of my personal design aesthetic, especially when I mix patterns in the same outfit.
I carried my quirky colour scheme into my wedding outfits, too, including designing the invitations, and the fabric for my reception blouse.
Stripes came into my fabric designs when my clever husband suggested that I use barcode font to spell 'Drayer Steampunk Wedding', which I used to create the stripe that was used as the background for our 'thank you' artwork after the event.
After the concept of the barcode stripe took hold, I used it to design a whole series of stripes, including my signature retro stripe which now decorates my fancy gazebo.
I wanted a plaid background for my designs - so I made one, in order to avoid accidentally using an actual tartan.