Whether it’s bright or pastel colours, geometric or organic shapes, the use of patterns in creative work is becoming ever more popular.
Patterns feature in our everyday lives whether we notice them or not; could be the tessellating concrete slabs on the pavement, the seats of a bus; or in the natural world around us. They can be geometric and predictably repeat, or more organic and fluid.
Artists & designers often use patterns in their work to decorate objects, to represent a story, or to illustrate an idea and can be figurative or abstract in form. Pattern use in the design world has become popular recently with the revival of the Memphis style, but hand drawn patterns featuring ranges of different brush strokes are also very present. They’re not just being used on flat surfaces like paper or fabric, but also on large 3D structures and furniture. Below are several creative practitioners who use contemporary patterns in their work in different and interesting ways.
Adam Nathaniel Furman: Architectural installation
Credit: ‘Gateways’, Adam Nathaniel Furman, 2017. Photographs, Gareth Gardner. ‘Gateways’ was an installation of four ceramic gateways designed as an entrance for Design Junction as part of London Design Festival 2017. Each of the four components draw from the rich history of ceramics, and are shaped and decorated in a way that helps us revisit a particular time period. This allows us look at this everyday object in a new light particularly in regards to its architectural roots. ‘Gateways’ was made in collaboration with Turkish Ceramics.
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Credit: Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction du jaune 221, Paris 2016, Acrylic on aluminum, 150 x 150 cm © Cruz-Diez, Adagp 2018. Carlos Cruz-Diez is considered to be one of the greatest figures of Kinetic & Op art. His recent exhibition ‘Luminous Reality’ features an immersive ‘Cromointerferent Environment’ which allows the audience to interact with his work and patterns directly. The ever-changing experience is created by rays of multi-coloured lights projected across the space, overlapping and shifting in waves of movement.
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Mokuyobi: Accessories and clothing
Credit: GIF of images, Rachel Littlewood. Images courtesy of Mokuyobi. Based in LA, Mokuyobi produces brightly patterned bags, hats, patches, and clothing. All made in the USA, Mokuyobi products are designed to fulfil the company’s “desire to create something different” by using various styles and interesting colour palettes. They also hope that by using a combination of fun colours and motifs (like bananas, jazzy shapes, or noodle doodles) they can, “bring a smile to anyone that comes across them and make the world a little less serious.”
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Follow Mokuyobi on Instagram Morag Myerscough/Studio Myerscough: Public art
Credit: ‘Power’, Morag Myerscough, 2017. Photograph, Gareth Gardner. Combining monochrome patterns with colourful ones, ‘Power’, is a public art commission that welcomes you to Battersea Power Station as part of a larger plan to rejuvenate the area of London. Morag drew inspiration from the art deco history of the iconic building, but gave the geometric design a modern feel by using bright, optimistic colours.
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Follow Morag Myerscough on Instagram Yinka Ilori: Furniture
Credit: ‘Restoration Station’, Yinka Ilori, 2017. Photographs, Dan Weill. Yinka’s work often makes use of discarded or found objects and furniture in an effort to avoid unnecessary waste. In collaboration with Restoration Station, Yinka and the volunteers upcycled chairs using a colour palette inspired by the patterns, fabrics and parables (stories with a lesson to them) that surrounded him during his childhood, growing up in a traditional Nigerian home.
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