Pattern Occurring View - kaleidoscopic

To this day there are not many things i love more than gazing into a kaleidoscope, watching the patterns occurring and shift.  Every turn makes a new and brilliant pattern. Such patterns are not designed they just happen due to the structure and movement.

As far as I'm concerned Alexander McQueen's Atlantis collection from Spring 2010 was avant-garde and pioneering in this field. The day I saw the runway shot from style.com was magical for me.  My eyes got wide in the same way as they did when I was a child gazing through the Kaleidoscope.  Now be sure of this, I am not saying these prints were not designed they truly were.  The symmetry of the human body is emphasized with the garments and their mirrored prints.  Since 2010 these Reflective photographic digital prints have been rehashed for every product group.  This is one of those trends that I feel the ship has finally sailed on.  Yes we all loved it and it was novel and radical, but now is over done, tired and burned out. I have even coined it as the 'poor-man's repeat'. As any tom, dick or harry can create a kaleidoscope print in minutes with photographic images.  To show how easy it is, I created a few using a simple App on my phone, when I was walking the dog today.  I guess... I just want to encourage talented textile and surface designers to look beyond the simple and get back to the craft of beautifully flowing print repeats and motif design.  You're better than that!

 

Dirty Desk Top

My faithful MacBook Pro is slowly failing on me which is sad.  In a attempt to extend it's life I have been cleaning up my files and stashing my files on an external hard drive.  In doing so I came across some funny prints and patterns.  It would be selfish to not share. Please don't ask where I found these, they have just been littered all over my desk top for weeks now. Shameful, the thoughts of a mad woman!  This is a peek into my world and obsessions. 

Pattern Occurring Post it

Pattern Occurring Post it

Oh Molly! Totally swiped as this fabric looks like my dog.

Oh Molly! Totally swiped as this fabric looks like my dog.

Retro World Fair  Seattle 1962 Fabric 

Retro World Fair  Seattle 1962 Fabric 

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This is the only public transport for me!

This is the only public transport for me!

Advice from friends - get into the groove!

So i've been happily beavering away with the Pattern Occurring blog, for a few months now and thought it was time to reflect on it. I've received feedback from some of my most loyal readers, that it would be great to have more rhythm. So with that, over the coming weeks you'll see a little more structure, to help you find the content you love!  i hope you enjoy the changes, while i heed the advice of a great teacher that has encouraged me over the years- "get into the groove".  Continue to share your thoughts on the blog and don't be afraid to comment on any of the posts.

Thanks Madge!

shineshine-madonna James Grey

shineshine-madonna James Grey

Lowe Lintas & Partners- Madonna

Lowe Lintas & Partners- Madonna

Andy Warhol style Madonna

Andy Warhol style Madonna

Flash Back–Anne Marie Jackson Design, Part 1

When I was back home in England recently, i dusted down some of my university work. It was a strange and awkward flash back, as it often is, looking back on your own work from over a decade ago. In this 3 part series i'll share 3 projects I did in my final year of university at CCAD. The First one 'Love and War', went on to win both the Royal Society of Arts 'AWI' and 'Textile Society Lucienne Day' awards and was quite on trend for it's concept and aesthetic back then.  I was the first student from my course to enter such a compition and really did have a bit of a fight on my hands to do so. Just to set the scene it was 2002 and Blair and Bush were hell bent on finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The World Trade Center Attack had just happened.  Times were quite unsettled. This project 'Love and War' was my little protest for peace.  It was fairly daring at that time, as many of the students textiles and surface designs were more traditional in their floral based, gentile concepts. In the end i produced over 35 prints for my 'Love and War' collection, taking a late 40's floral aesthetic and giving it a 21st century conversation about the state of the world. I've often prided myself on my ability to pick up on a trend bubbling under the surface and over the course of that year many other designers started playing with similar iconography, such as Suck UK's gun vase.

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War Concept- RSA winner of the Lucienne Day Print award and the Australian Wool Innovation 

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War Concept- RSA winner of the Lucienne Day Print award and the Australian Wool Innovation 

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War Drawing 2002

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War Drawing 2002

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War Design Development 2002

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War Design Development 2002

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War product Development 2002

Anne Marie Jackson Love and War product Development 2002

Ode to Nature

It has been beautiful here in Seattle the past few days.  This is really one of the best places where you can appreciate creation. Below are a few more wonders to inspire.

I think a good surface designer can make any motif into a commercial design, example?  I just sold a design with a huge parrot on it, odd but beautiful. I feel there are less and less unusual or unique designs out there, truthfully there are hundreds of great designers out there making floral prints just derived from runway. Boring!!!! Who wants another knock off Dries Van Noten print?  I'm sure the DVN's print designers are getting out there, finding great new inspiration and not creating bad knock offs.  Also remember nobody can do what you do.

So what is it that gets you inspired to draw?  Please Like Pattern Occurring on Facebook and post some of your favourite nature photos.

With that I'm off to create some fun conversational prints. Chat soon

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