"PATTERNITY spot the beautiful but complex details we miss in our busy lives"
When people think of a pattern, most think of the dogtooth, a classic Breton or polka dots. Not art director and photographer, Anna Murray, and textiles designer, Grace Winteringham, the founders of PATTERNITY. Described as the ‘world’s leading specialist organisation dedicated to pattern’, they spot patterns in huddled Dalmatians, soap suds and the sky.
Part image library, design consultancy, studio and education hub, it has partnered with Apple, School of Life, The Barbican and The V&A. Now, Grace and Anna have the unusual task of re-imagining hoarding at Greenwich Peninsula. It’ll be large scale and hand-painted, surrounding the Upper Riverside construction site from September 2016. Based on the water that surrounds us, Frequency will celebrate the tidal patterns from the River Thames — we can’t wait to see the finished thing.
In the meantime, their Instagram feed is worth the scrolling. Filled with intricate patterns found in nature and intercepted with philosophical quotes about our existence, you get the impression that PATTERNITY are onto something rare: they spot the complex but beautiful details we miss in our busy, busy lives. Here are our favourite picks from their Instagram. Isn’t it just mesmerising?
CELESTIAL SOAP @melaniekatking of @_super_collider is experimenting with bubbles as a way to imagine invisible celestial objects, such as exoplanets and distant galaxies. Homo Bulla focuses on the soap bubble as a metaphor for the brevity of life. This body of research compares 17th Century Dutch Vanitas art to contemporary cosmological theories such as the multiverse, which imagines our universe to be one giant expanding bubble in a sea of cosmic foam #science #bubble #rainbow #pattern #PATTERNITY #PATTERNITYResearch A photo posted by PATTERNITY (@patternity) on
ANEMONE AUDIO Sea anemones use tiny hairs – similar to those in our own ears – to ‘hear’ their prey, and are able to repair the damage to these hairs at an alarming speed using special protein. Scientists want to use the same proteins these animals secrete, to treat hearing loss in people. #anemone #spot #pattern #PATTERNITYResearch #ocean #hearing #amazingnature #PATTERNITY A photo posted by PATTERNITY (@patternity) on
Sharing wisdom from our #PATTERNIBOOK, which brings together inspiration from ancient and modern sources to connect the dots between the natural and manmade, the mundane and the magnificent, and aims to encourage a more mindful and curious outlook. Buy the book online at patternityshop.org or from stockists globally, including @foylesforbooks @tate and @waterstones #PATTERNIQUOTE #PATTENRNITY #curiosity #qotd