Pattern insight + emergence

Delving beneath the surface of life at Patternity Studio

Continuing our celebration of the omnipresent and unifying nature of pattern – we bring together interviews with our network of specialists, new PATTERNITY STUDIO projects updates, event information and focussed research articles on life’s many patterns on and beneath the surface. For specific information regarding PATTERNITY research, studio projects or events please contact press@patternity.org


Moorfields Eye Hospital in London makes 1,400 customised, detailed prosthetic eyes every year, each with a unique iris pattern matched to the individual.
Thousands of people annually lose eyes to disease and accidents, and the team carry out a specialised process of casting and shaping and painting prosthetic eyes…

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Saturn’s seasons can be determined by the appearance of it’s rings. On Earth, the solstice is the time when the Earth’s spin axis tilts directly toward the Sun. Since Saturn’s grand rings orbit along the planet’s equator, these rings appear most prominent – when viewed from the direction of the Sun – when the Saturn’s spin axis points toward the Sun. Conversely, when Saturn’s spin axis points to the side, an equinox occurs and the edge-on rings are hard to see. In the featured montage, images of Saturn over the past 11 years have been superposed to show the giant planet passing from southern summer toward northern summer. Although Saturn will only reach its northern summer solstice in 2017 May, the image of Saturn most analogous to today’s Earth solstice is the bottommost one…

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Dancers have been captured in Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please garments by photographer Francis Giacobetti, who says Miyake’s creation are ‘an invitation to dance’. Fluid and structured forms combine to bring the innovative designs to life…

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Today, 5th June, marks World Environment Day, where we collectively consider the impact human activity is having on our planet and encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

The WED theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depends upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

Through positive changes however we can shift our consumption patterns towards goods and services with lower energy and material intensity without compromising quality of life, and World Environment Day is a great opportunity to highlight some of the innovative and positive actions individuals and organisations alike are taking worldwide…

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The shapes of the city are often translated into printed and surface elements of fashion garments, such as Fendi’s AW15 collection or even PATTERNITY’s very own Chinti + Parker collaboration. Graduate designer Yuri Pardi’s ‘Monument’ collection has taken this one step further by creating pieces that take on the forms of the city, referencing the sculptural geometry of buildings…

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“Our closets are treasure troves of memories, and, as every garment is a reminder of moments in my past, every painting of these fabric patterns serves as a memento.”

Artist Jennifer Faist explores the textural qualities of fabric through her monochromatic paintings, which zoom in on the patterned textiles of her and her friends clothing…

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