Thursday 2 March / 6–8pm (Fully Booked)
Life of a Pattern
Join Neisha Crosland in conversation with Fiona McCarthy at the Fashion and Textile Museum as she shares her story as a designer. Neisha Crosland’s distinctive designs for textiles, wallpaper, homes and fashion, have won her international acclaim. Often asked the origin of her ideas, she has written a beautiful new book to answer that question. Life of a Pattern explores the sources of Crosland’s inspiration, from the first spark of an idea to the finished product.
Life of a Pattern explores the sources of Crosland’s inspiration, from the first spark of an idea to the finished product. Crosland sees pattern everywhere. Her extraordinary eye seeks out symmetry, order and structure wherever she goes: in artefacts, buildings, paintings and, above all, in nature. Crosland believes that in art nothing is ever truly original and this talk is an opportunity to make a virtual journey with Neisha, through many continents and eras, to explore how patterns evolve. Taking inspiration from the Basilica di San Marco in Venice to Mughal India, from Moorish Spain to Jacobean England, from 17th-century shell-collecting to Russian Constructivist paintings, Crosland explores the ways a technique or colour can reinvent a design, and how that design can alter its mood when placed in a different context. The talk includes an opportunity to ask questions at the end and entry to the exhibition JOSEF FRANK Patterns – Furniture – Painting. It is followed by a book signing of Life of a Pattern.
Neisha Crosland is a surface pattern designer recognised internationally for her sophisticated geometric motifs and use of colour. After training at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, she designed a collection for Osborne and Little before starting her own textile company designing scarves and accessories in 1994, which has since expanded to include fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, tiles, fine china and stationery. Her work is archived in the Victoria & Albert Museum and Geffrye Museum, London and in 2006 she was honoured with the title.
Fiona McCarthy is an author, freelance writer & contributing editor, Vogue Living.
The event starts at 6pm with a drink in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition JOSEF FRANK Patterns–Furniture–Painting; the talk and discussion follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including a book signing and the chance to ask questions at the end. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.
Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.
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