Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review: Life of a Pattern

Life of a Pattern by Neisha Crosland
Published by Merrell Publishers 

You may or may not be familiar with the name Neisha Crosland, but you are definitely familiar with her work. Neisha is a surface pattern designer, based in the UK, recognized internationally for her sophisticated, yet unusual color combinations, and her impeccable attention to balance and proportion. Her body of work has propelled her to the forefront of UK design, and in 2006 she was honored with the title Royal Designer for Industry, an incredibly high accolade for designers in the UK as only 200 designers can hold this title. 

Neisha started her own textile company designing scarves and accessories nearly 23-years ago, and has since gone on to design fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, tiles, fine china, and even stationary! Turnell & Gigon carries her wallpaper, Harris & Jones her stationary, and her pillow covers and curtain panels can be found at Crate & Barrel. 

Without a doubt, Neisha's unerring eye has an extraordinary ability for seeking out symmetry, order, and beauty and then taking that inspiration and funneling it into her beautiful work, is unsurpassed. In her first book, Life of a Pattern luxuriously published by Merrell Publishers, specially commissioned photography focuses on the detail, color, techniques, and patterns Crosland has mastered. She shares fascinating technical detail in current and early work, including weaving and printing methods that have now vanished because of commercial pressures on mills and manufacturers. Life of a Pattern takes you from the inception of the idea to the finished product, exploring all of the wonderful resources and inspirations along the way. 

Brilliant and massive, the book is filled with inspirational drawings, and photography. Let's take a look: 

360 pages in a large format, results in a book perfect imbibing inspiration. Page after page, you are introduced to brilliant textiles, patterns, and more from pattern visionary, Neisha Crosland. Take a closer look, and pick up your copy via the Amazon link below: 

1 comment: