The other day an exciting parcel arrived at my door – a copy of Pattern Factory (aka ‘Pattern Department‘ in Japan) by Ayako Terashima, published by Collins Design.
It’s a beautifully selected and put together book, showcasing patterns by contemporary artists and designers. I know Ayako has been working hard on this project for some time now. I’ve been waiting to see the results ever since she invited me to shoot the designer & director Mike Mills in his studio, for the book’s chapter on ‘Ideas, Process + Output’ back in February.
‘Pattern Factory is a colourful showcase of outstanding contemporary patterns by the worlds leading artists and designers, including Takeshi Murakami, Julian Opie, Keiichi Tanaami, Perks and Mini, So_Me, and many others. In addition to an archive of more than 150 vibrant and distinct patterns, this visually stunning volume includes exclusive interview pages – featuring Mike Mills, Eley Kishimoto, Lizzie Finn, Sousou and Fabrick/Medicom Toy – which unveil the artists’ working processes and sources of inspiration, along with photographs of their studios and factories.’
A refreshing collection of unexpected and unusual pattern designs; be ready for a lot of nice surprises in this book!
Salvia (‘Mori’ – detail)
Will Sweeny (‘Metal Storm’ – detail)
Peter Jensen (Illustration & Print design by Kathryn Dale – detail)
Lizzie Finn (featured in Chapter 2: Ideas, Process + Output)
Mike Mills (featured in Chapter 2: Ideas, Process + Output). Studio photography by Lucinda Newton-Dunn.
Fabrick’s screenprinting workshop (Kyoto)
Eley Kishimoto – A/W 2005
Plate by Lizzie Finn