As out-and-out textiles obsessives, the job of sourcing and selling antique rugs is obviously a really pleasurable one. But we also find print and pattern broadly to be subjects that we’re drawn to and often head to sites such as Patternity and Lost in Fibre for inspiration – as well as Pinterest, obviously.
Today we thought we’d share some of the pattern-led designers and artists who are currently piquing our interest – all of which, if you’re in London, you’ll be able to see for yourself.
Ceramic artist Alison Britton
The leading British ceramic artist Alison Britton, who is also a respected writer and curator, came to prominence in the 1970s when she was part of a loosely formed group of radical female potters who had trained at the Royal College of Art and whose work challenged established traditions in the ceramics world. Alison’s hand-built pots have gained international recognition and are known for their expressive designs – as everyday sculptures they are also canvases for her painting, each one incorporating beautiful pattern work and often glorious colours too. For her retrospective at the V&A, Content and Form she gathered together over 60 pieces from the breadth of her career over the last 40 years and the museum hopes that this show will highlight the evolution of the artist’s practice over this period. It also includes her most recent pieces, made just last year, which have never been shown in public before. Don’t miss it – it’s on until 4 September.
Jessica Ogden quilts for APC
Jessica Ogden’s beautiful quilts and cushions for chic French label APC are made using surplus fabrics from the brand’s fashion collections, so you’ll find offcuts of denim alongside other colourful fabrics in an array of pleasing designs. The designer’s eye for colour is awe inspiring and we love that there is a re-use element to this anti-waste collection. Visit the site or one of the stores for the ever-changing collection and don’t deliberate on your chosen piece as the nature of the work means they sell out fast.
Made a Mano Tiles
Hand made tiles are the focus of “Italian-Danish”company Made a Mano whose collections and bespoke solutions for walls, floors and surfaces are the stuff of dreams. Luckily for Londoners the brand, which started life in Copenhagen, has now opened a showroom in an old piano factory in Chalk Farm so you can head there to feast your eyes on their glorious colours and patterns. We love the above gold scheme, which feels very North African, but even the plainer solutions are made delicious by simple colour.