As Neisha Crosland explains in this, her luxuriously produced first book, creating a good pattern is ‘not simply an act of arranging shapes into a pleasing composition. It is also about making the parts functions as a whole.’
Renowned for her sophisticated and unique colour combinations and impeccable attention to balance and proportion, Neisha Crosland sees pattern everywhere. She is intrigued by its endless possibilities, and her extraordinary eye seeks out symmetry, order and structure wherever she goes: in artefacts, buildings, paintings and, above all, in nature.
Delving into her extensive archives, and featuring superb specially commissioned photography by Misha Anikst, NEISHA CROSLAND: LIFE OF A PATTERN takes the reader on a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey from the first spark of an idea to the finished product, whether that’s a textile, wallpaper, rug, tile or ceramic collection.
This beautifully illustrated book is a personal and revealing account of Neisha Crosland’s own story as a designer but it also draws on conversations that she has had with musicians, mathematicians and other designers. It provides remarkable insights – sometimes technical but always accessible – into the evolution of a pattern, with chapters divided by design themes. These range from Suns and Stars, to Scallops, Scales and Crescents, and Shells, Bells and Waves, and they explore the creative processes behind the development of each motif.
Travelling across continents, cultures and eras – from Mughal India to Moorish Spain and 16th century Japan – and making unexpected connections along the way, this thought-provoking book provides a unique account of the beauty and complexity of pattern. An invaluable source of reference and inspiration in its own right, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in decorative arts and design.
Neisha Crosland is an internationally renowned surface pattern designer. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1984, her work has propelled her to the forefront of the design world. The recipient of numerous major awards including Royal Designer for Industry, Neisha Crosland designs products ranging from fabrics, tiles and wallpapers, to home and fashion accessories.
Neisha Crosland: Life of a Pattern' (Merrell Publishers £100 www.merrellpublishers.com). All images copyright Neisha Crosland / Misha Anikst.