The OneSheet - August 2014 /// No.1 | The Patternbase
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THE PATTERNBASE - AUGUST 2014 /// NO. 1
The Patternbase is a leading textile design studio located in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 2011 by designers, Kristi O’Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer, who specialize in hand-illustrated, painted, and digitally rendered pattern design for the apparel, beauty, paper goods, and interiors industries.
The Patternbase serves as a resource and place of inspiration for designers and pattern lovers around the globe. We strive to provide our community with a plethora of valuable resources to help inspire and educate them throughout their creative endeavors. These range from inspirational interviews and discussions with artists whose work revolves around the use of pattern to exhibitions and publications focused on presenting the work of emerging artists to a wider audience. Our goal is to bring creative minds together into a community where they can interact and learn from one another through a series of projects and discussions, and to offer opportunities in which friendships and relationships can be built through creative collaboration. The Patternbase currently reaches over 70,000 readers, designers, artists, and relevant members of the international textile and surface design community, and continues to grow daily.
What inspires you to design? When did you start designing?
Haha, that’s a tough question because there’s so many possible responses. Vintage textiles, work from emerging fiber artists and fashion designers, patterns seen in everyday life, nature, science, and mathematics. Honestly it changes daily based on what we’re surrounding ourselves with.
How often is the overlap between your own practice and the website?
The idea of separating my personal work from what I do for The Patternbase is something I've been conflicted about from the beginning. But as time has passed, I've found that the two are deeply connected and are beginning to blend into the same thing organically. I believe that once we establish a physical space that allows us to interact with the community more, the divide between our personal work and the work we do for The Patternbase will disappear.
Was The Patternbase developed organically while you were designing or did you always want to have a Pattern encyclopedia / catalog?
I started The Patternbase in May of 2011. I had just fallen in love with Tumblr, and had originally planned for the site to be an archive of inspirational patterns that I could reference for use in my own work. But after few weeks of obsessive posting, I noticed that my followers were rapidly increasing, and that there was a growing and collective interest in patterns that could be explored. At the time, I was also helping my friend, Lynnette Miranda, set up artist interviews for her Chicago-based art blog, Make Space, which taught me many priceless lessons about how to connect and engage with other artists through the Internet.
Over the course of The Patternbase’s first year of existence, I realized that it was gaining momentum very rapidly, and that there was a real possibility to turn the archive into something much larger than it was. I began thinking about how I could further inspire and educate our viewers, while turning it into a community of my favorite creative minds. I wanted it to become a platform where artists could learn from one another through a series of discussions and collaborative projects. So I began conducting interviews and discussions with artists whose work revolved around the use of pattern and textiles, and put out a call for submissions to The Patternbase’s first publication.
Since its inception The Patternbase has been an online platform, with a very curated selection of physical products. Now you are printing an actual book, how did that come about?
After seeing the success of the pattern archive, I knew I wanted to see a version of The Patternbase in physical form. I began searching for books on textile design, specifically contemporary publications that were released in the last five years. I snatched up every one I could get my hands on. To my surprise, I wasn't able to find as many as I had expected to, and most of the ones I found either weren't really suited to my taste, or weren't recent enough to accurately portray the huge transition that pattern design was going through. So I decided that I wanted to produce my own book, which would focus on how a creative digital aesthetic has emerged as a defining characteristic of the surface and pattern design industry.
I started by releasing a call for artists on multiple websites, and from that, received thousands of images to consider for inclusion. After the entry deadline arrived, I set up a Kick Starter for the book with the help of friends, and was able to successfully raise a fair sum that I could apply toward the costs of production.
From there, I started the curation process and began designing the layout of the book. About midway, I realized that this was too large of a project to undertake on my own, so I invited my friend and fellow designer, Audrey Victoria Keiffer, to join me as the second member of The Patternbase team. She took over all the editing responsibilities associated with the publication, which allowed me to focus fully on the design and layout. After about a year of work, we had a solid draft of the book.
Initially, I had planned on self-publishing, but because we received so many wonderful designs that I wanted to include, the book ended up being too large and image heavy too self-publish affordably. So after what seems like endless research, Audrey and I put together a hefty book sample, which we began sending out to traditional publishing companies. Fortunately, we captured the interest of one of our top three favorite traditional publishers, Thames & Hudson Publishing. Currently, their team is in the process of redesigning the format of the publication, and we are hoping to have a release date soon.
The book showcases a collection of over 600 designs from 150 contemporary textile, surface, fashion, and print designers from around the world, and includes spotlights from 13 professional artists working within the textile and fashion industries today.
The curation of the publication blends art and design to create a collection of work that offers something new to the industry. The images have been carefully chosen, and the featured artists are up-and-coming. The book is a showcase of how artists and designers envision the future of the industry, and it will challenge the viewer and designer to push more innovation in the market. The goal of the book is to showcase the fresh and innovative work of contemporary designers, spread knowledge of their talent to a further audience, and to help open new avenues for their designs and motifs. The collection of designs featured include: illustrative, abstract, geometric, floral, representational, and digital designs. It also showcases knitted, woven, hand-dyed, and digitally printed fabric swatches.
Where do you see The Patternbase in the future? Any upcoming collaborations or projects?
Currently we are working on a clothing line that will be launched in Spring 2015, that consists of hand-painted and digitally printed, multipurpose, unisex garments. We are also making preparations to establish a physical space within the Chicago artist community in 2015.
Kashmiri Kofta Korma from Clay Pit in Austin, TX
Spicy Basil Fried Rice w/ Mock Duck from Sticky Rice Chiang Mai in Chicago, IL
Herradura Silver Tequila
Chicken Tikka Masala from Korma Sutra in Kansas City, MO
Jalapeño & pineapple pizza
My current favorite cocktail, a “Rusty Mustache”: pear cider with a shot of gin
Coffee with cinnamon and nutmeg
Chance the Rapper
Therese on WFMU
Stevie Nicks “Wild Heart” album
The A Game of Thrones series
The Best American Short Stories yearly anthology
Textile Designs by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers
Museum @ FIT Museum Online
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting
My twin brother
Nathalie du Pasquier
King Spa, Niles, IL
Arab Cowboy, Austin, TX
Milon Bangladesh Indian Restaurant, New York, NY
Phoenix Herb Company, Kansas City, MO
Bombay Aloo, Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Maude Vintage in Columbia, MO
Marr Sound Archives in Kansas City, MO
Chicago (my new home)
Occult bookstores and crystal shops
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Dallas Buyers Club
Clarissa Explains It All (fashion inspiration)
Janet Jackson videos
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
*Wildcard* TOP 5 Instagram accounts you follow-
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