Monday, February 27, 2006

Following Monday's pattern...


Well...today went a bit haywire...There was lots of interruptions, some of which were lovely, like the arrival of my copy of Elle Decoration which I just HAD to pour over! (just how great are subscriptions!?)..and lots of other bits and bobs which set me back a wee bit and will have me working for most of the evening....not to worry though...

I have posted this image of my Geranium Cluster pattern design, as I am beginning to start thinking about designing a few more patterns (what with the onset of spring and the impending foliage boom and all..) for some new inspiration. Now..here is where I am a bit strange, (this is how I design mostly start designing) I design a repeat pattern - to then use it...in whole bits, broken up elements and in small sections to inspire lots of different pieces of jewellery. I often like to display the pattern with the piece in some way, highlighting its importance (equal in my book, if not more-so) in my thinking process and in terms of the finished articles perceived preciousness. It is my view that pattern design is one of the most important design disciplines...not only for it's beauty and my personal love of it...but because it is the main practice that unites all of the design disciplines I can think of. Call it repeat ornamentation, or pattern...it is found in architecture, fashion, interiors, ceramics..and in jewellery. It is, however, very much marginalised in design history and not perhaps as revered in its own right as I think it should be (more often found to be praised in context than in isolation). I feel that by making it central and utterly essential to my work, I am reminding myself how wonderful pattern is, and as such am always on the look out for it wherever I go.

I went to a Devon Sproule concert on Friday night, after Shari told me she was playing in Glasgow! Her performance (just her and her guitar) was phenomenal...such talent! Do check out her music here...it makes for wonderful listening when you are working away (and indeed any time)...I think her music is going to prove quite a crush!

Have a nice Monday night all..roll on Tuesday :) xx

7 comments:

natalie said...

love the repeat pattern...I studied textile design and have been thinking about trying to embrace repeat pattern again after a long absence

a nice way to design... :)

Shari said...

I like how you play with pattern and how it inspires many different pieces of jewelry. It has been interesting to read your thoughts as I do not have a design background.

Hope you get your work finished for tonight.
xo
Shari
PS: if you need a distraction, I'll be posting pics of the boys hooping soon. It'll make you laugh.

lisa s said...

i love what you say about pattern... i completely agree... it does often feel marginalized. and i love how you take something - deconscruct it and re-assemble it in a sense....

i think i actually do that in many ways too!!

lovely!

abbytrysagain said...

I really love the picture... so beautiful. Thanks for the music link! I am listening to the "let's Go Out" song right now and it is great.

gracia said...

I love your creations and seeing the beginning of the process, the ideas - is a real treat. Looking forward to more treats! See you, g

IMEDAGOZE said...

wonderful insights. I'm always fascinated by the whole designing process, and it's good to hear it from you. :)

Ulla said...

Wonderful thoughts on Pattern Design. When i was in collage studing Textile design, we did not put very much emphasis on pattern, I wish we had. I think you are correct in that it is an amazing foundation to all design. this certainly is seen in your work!!! Lovely pattern by the way...