Get ready to succumb to the world of patterns. If you hadn’t realised already, they are around every corner, in your food, your clothes, your reading material. It seems we focus on the more outlandish elements sometimes. rather than what is staring right at us, and Patternity – aka art director Anna Murray and surface/textiles designer Grace Winteringham –have recognised this. “In a time where we are deluged by information and paralysed by choice, pattern can clarify complexity,” they say.
In response, Patternity have set up a cultural festival to celebrate all things stripy, the first in what promises to be an annual series of pattern explorations. Made up of three rooms, the exhibition goes from initial exploration of the stripe to how it has been integrated into design and finally where it has been implemented in our lives, which includes a short film of how stripes are used in 3D installations. No stone has been left unturned, and you recognise how iconic the stripe has often become – corn rows, Where’s Wally, the traffic cone and the humbug.
There are so many elements that make this a must-visit if you’re in London – the 20-foot monochrome mural, an opportunity to weave your own patterns in a loom and the numerous workshops and events (including making your own striped jelly). A thorough education in the stripe itself, you will not believe how it has engulfed the natural, and man made world.
Pattern Power – Superstripe runs until April 21 at 26 Redchurch Street, London