Monday, 15 July 2013

Pattern porn for textiles geeks

Pattern Box is a brilliant idea: take a collection of beautiful, contemporary textile designs – in this case, a collection of 100 curated by New York City’ s celebrated Textile Arts Center – and turn them into postcards.

The set costs £14.99 (RRP) and is published by Princeton Architectural Press. You can buy it from here. Also included is a booklet about the designers, highlighting their creative processes and influences. Here's a snapshot. 

Et voila: affordable art for your walls, to send to loved-ones with good taste or to use as bookmarks. If you're sticking them on your wall, I quite like to do that like this. Cards are also good pegged onto string or ribbon, and hung horizontally or vertically, if you peg them at the right angle. Or simply tape them with some oh-so-now washi tape in a good colour.
Leah Goren: this Brooklyn-based surface pattern designer  and illustrator  has designed prints for brands including Anthropologie (love the polar bear one). Leahgoren.com

Hannah Schultz: This New York City screen-printing queen and recent graduate  specialises in "happy" prints. Don't take our word for it – you can check out some of her other designs at her blog, Helplessly Happy.

Leanne Shapton: She's written (and drawn and photographed) a travel column for American Elle, been the art director for the New York Times Op Ed page and and won an award for her autobiography, Swimming Studies last year. Where does she find the time to create these beautiful patterns? Leanneshapton.com

Jennifer Parry Dodge: Best known for her clothing label, Ermie, named after her great aunt Ermie, who encouraged Jennifer in her creative pursuits, Jennifer's textiles are all hand-dyed. Ermie.bigcartel.com


Anna Niestroj: A Berlin-dwelling designer whose products you can browse in her DaWanda shop. Or nose through her inspirations at her very beautiful blog, Blink Blink.

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