Check out Surface Pattern Design Guild member Pamela Farmer's most recent blog post on the new Netflix documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design. It sounds like something every Designer can be inspired by.
Until I stumbled on their Instagram feed, I'd never heard of PATTERNITY. When they announced their book, I was intrigued, and they very kindly sent me a copy for review here.
PATTERNITY is a London based design studio, consultancy and archive founded in 2009 by photographer/art director Anna Murray, and surface/product designer Grace Winteringham. And yet, like me, many surface pattern designers may have never noticed them This almost seems to be "by design." To briefly summarize the PATTERNITY Manifesto, they believe that by drawing from the patterns that occur all around us everyday, designs can be created that are comforting and can effect change.
PATTERNITY projects are driven by the core belief that a shared engagement with pattern can have positive and powerful results.
PATTERNITY the book is an unexpectedly intellectual look at one of our most basic instincts, pattern seeking. When you open it for the first time, you may be surprised. This is not the kind of design book you're probably used to; instead, the images are of urban photography, fashion and sculpture, juxtaposed in a way that highlights their similarites. PATTERNITYs design colloborations are shown throughout, everything from boldly patterened Clarks dessert boots to an art installation created with and about chocolate!
The book has three sections. Curiousity explores the design elements found in nature, and our urban environments. Collaboration is about the value in creating with others in an age when digital tools so often make it too easy to work in solitude. Connectivity explores the ways in which pattern can connect us to the larger world.
When I sat down with the book, it was just after the holidays. I was feeling a little drained, and creatively blank. Afterward I went for a walk in my neighborhood, and suddenly noticed pattern everywhere, from the local diner's accoustic tiled ceiling, to the metal acces plates in the sidewalks. I can see myself dipping back into this book again and again, for inspiration, and to see the world in new ways. And their online archive is well worth frequent visits too.
Katja Ollendorff has gracioulsy allowed to share a recent post from her blog here.
A lot of things inspire my designs. Being outside and walking around town or in nature are big sources of inspiration. But on days when I'm stuck inside or just enjoying some TV time all cozy on the couch, I still can't stop myself from noticing patterns wherever I look. I have even saved a few images over the years on my Instagram feed #tvtextiles.
I love the series The Durells in Corfu (PBS Masterpiece Theater). It's set in 1935 and I am so in love with the fashion that is depicted on the show. I can't help but take snapshots of special patterns I notice as I watch. Afterward, I will look through the images and make little sketches to see a theme arise. Attached are (blurry) examples of my captures and the sketchbook entry, then design, that followed. Inspiration has no boundaries! What's your secret source of inspiration?
While visiting Deruta Italy, the center of Majolica ceramics in the world, Helen became intrigued and reached out for something new to stimulate her artistic sense. She studied at La Scuola D'Arte Ceramica in Deruta. Here she learned about different glazes, the history of the Renaissance Majolica painting, and the different motifs associated with it.
After returning to the United States, Helen began working at the University of California Berkeley Arts Studios for two years, bringing her knowledge from Deruta to Berkeley students. She could also be seen in North Beach, the Little Italy of San Francisco, demonstrating Majolica painting at the front of the Birodi Ceramic Art Imports on Columbus Avenue. Here she sold small pieces and booked private commissions for larger personalized works.
We last saw Bridget Kelly of The Little Acorn just over two years ago. As a designer, and buyer, she was a wealth of information about trade shows, and what buyers want to see there. With designs shown on fabric rather than paper, and including patchwork, embroidery and trims, Bridget's advice can elevate any designer's portfolio to something that is sure to catch the buyers' questing eyes.
At our May 5th meeting Bridget Kelly will give advice on the creative process of building a collection, from initial idea to the retail floor. As she did last time, Bridget will bring examples sure to inspire you to your next collection.
Please note: Due to a scheduling conflict, this meeting is a week earlier than originally scheduled. Otherwise, it's still at the Berkeley Finnish Hall. This meeting will be available for viewing by members on Periscope.
Members in the News: Jennifer Holbrook, Odessa Begay & Sarah York; Solvejg Makaretz & Beth Schneider at Surtex
In July 2015 we mentioned that Jennifer Holbrook has designs licensed to Magic Murals. In the film "Miracles From Heaven" the mural appears in an exam room scene, on a cabinet. Pretty cool, Jennifer! You can keep up with Jennifer's latest design projects on her website, JGHolbrookDesign.com
Sarah York has hatched a project with Elmwood Brand, creating packaging for a trio of Tesco Finest Easter eggs. The UK grocer has built a reputation for their annual limited edition eggs, having previously won Good Housekeeping's "Best Easter Egg" two years in a row! But who cares about the chocolate; look at Sarah's beautiful abstract paintings on those packages! Keep up with Sarah's career and latest work at SarahYorkDesigns.com
Solvejg Makaretz has announced plans to introduce her Tröskö brand to Surtex, coming up May 15-17, 2016 at Jacob Javitz center in New York. We're sure Solvejg's crisp fresh designs will make a splash with buyers. Solvejg looks forward to meeting other guild members at the show! You can see her work at TroskoDesign.com. Be sure to visit Solvejg at booth 466.
Danny Berish of Black Rhino Creative alerted us about his video of tapestry artist Jane Kidd. Ms. Kidd is up for Canada Council for the Arts Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The awards ceremony is next week. Watch the video to learn more about the Jane Kidd's process, and her gorgeous tapestries.
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