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Decriminalising Ornament: The Pleasures of Pattern

1st November 2018 @ 10:00 am - 26th November 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Exploring ornamentation and pattern in illustration and design
In dialogue with the 9th International Illustration Research Symposium (17th and 18th of November)

The exhibition focuses on the practice, tradition and art forms that explore ornamentation and printed pattern as a meaningful part of the illustration and design experience. The exhibition shows a collection of works coming from current international art and design research practices represented in the conference.

Central to the exhibition is a specially commissioned pattern design by the well-known Dutch graphic designer Hansje van Halem, famous for bold contemporary patterns. Van Halem’s design often defines the books printed and published by Jan de Jong, master printer and publisher of high-end design publications (Uitgeverij De Buitenkant). It is their unique collaboration, presenting an experimental and current approach, that has been the main driver of the new wave of patterning and ornamentation within graphic design in The Netherlands.

image Hansje van Halem

For the Ruskin gallery, rare antiquarian endpapers from the collection of de Jong, and the dialogue between designer and printer, inspired van Halem to create a pattern which presents itself in many guises, from wall paper, where the pattern engages in a relationship with other work, through to an ‘Inner Sanctum’, where both the original endpapers and a range of visual translations reveal the design process.

There will be further work shown by Irene Albino and Ellen Jonsson, Jo Berry, Mattson Gallagher, Amy Goodwin, Ameet Hindocha, Charlotte Hodes, Danica Maier, Christine McCauley, Micheal Kirkham, Robyn Phillips, Teresa Rego, Lucy Renton and Angelo Sitz (revealed at the conference).



1st November 2018 @ 10:00 am
26th November 2018 @ 4:00 pm


Anglia Ruskin University
East Road
Cambridge,CB1 1PUnited Kingdom
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