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REVIEW: Print & Pattern by Emma Rafter of http://yumptatious.blogspot.com


Surface pattern designer Marie Perkins, aka Bowie Style, has brought into bound paper glory the essence of her vital blog, Print & Pattern.


The format of this 300 page book is clear and simple: arranged alphabetically by design house, each of the 120 designers from all over the world have at least a double spread feature, introduced with a concentrated biography, contact details and a description of their favoured techniques.


In many ways, it is an anthology of current pattern trends. If nothing else, this book will show you that in the world of surface design, anything goes, and our little grey worlds are thankfully the more visually stimulating as a result.


66 | ukhandmade | Winter 2010


Although use of graphics packages such as Illustrator and Photoshop prevails, it is refreshing to see the continued use of “traditional”’ printing methods, as featured in James Brown’s screenprints and Alice Apple’s Gocco prints, as well as a plethora of mixed media, like Jonny Yanok’s gouache and digital layering, and Ana Ventura’s papercuts of digital scans.


It is also interesting to see a repetition of themes: many designers borrow heavily from old children’s book illustrations, traditional fairy tales and toys, thereby giving the designs an emotional resonance to the visual.


Obviously, there is a good peppering of animals in the Kawaii style, as well as the prevalent nod to


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