Saturday, 21 January 2017

Print & Pattern: Nature, by Bowie Style. Review.

By Bowie Style

Laurence King Publishing 2017

304 pages, 430 colour illustrations

Paperback £19.99

ISBN 9781780679150

Star rating: *****

From time to time I run features on surface pattern design. Knowing how to D-I-Y decorate your projects is an indispensable superpower for a  papercrafter. Today I am spotlighting Print & Pattern: Nature, the newest addition to the superb Print & Pattern series. These books  are lovingly-curated bumper compendiums of themed designs by the best and the brightest global talent in the surface pattern field. The series is the brainchild of Marie Perkins, a.k.a. Bowie Style, the freelance designer whose Print & Pattern blog, going since 2006, has upped the profile of surface pattern design. 

When it comes to print and pattern design, Mother Nature is the mother lode – so it is surprising that this volume has not come out sooner – now that it is here, cause for celebration. Within the pages of the book, you will find patterns and motifs inspired by flora and fauna – beautiful botanicals, birds and butterflies – and lots of cute cacti designs (I know you love them). There are designs for fabric, stationery and cards, giftwrap, wallpaper, and homeware products.  All of the designs are reproduced in full colour on quality paper and are accompanied by a capsule bio of the designer, citing background and design influences. (Always a pleasure to discover what makes creatives tick.)

What sort of designs are featured? Stylized motifs with subject matter suitable for papercraft-y applications: mason jars, cacti, terrariaums, pot plants, leafy designs, folk art motifs - hard-edged designs and painterly techniques.

Dip into Print & Pattern: Nature if you are seeking inspiration for a project colourway, or if you want to get a feel for current trends in pattern design. Settle in with a cup of tea and enjoy a design odyssey.

There are several themed other titles in the Print & Pattern series – all are great go-to resources for design ideas.
The Print & Pattern range from Laurence King.

Note:  I was supplied with a review copy of this title.

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