This project examines the reading of three patterns from the early 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. One of the patterns bears the story of the 18th century block-printed Kattun pattern. Flower-patterned cotton fabrics imported from India / Persia by Armenians to the south of France and established in Sweden by immigrant German Jews. The second pattern is a reworked version of “Hoyle´s Wave” – optical waves that are said to have arisen by mistake in 1820, due to a misfed roll in a printing press in the English factory Messrs. Simpson & Co of Foxhillbank. The third is a pattern showing braiding that, in the early 20th century, was not uncommon in architecture, often cast or carved into stone. A trompe-l’oeil where a pattern tries to be something else.
“The delicate transparency of the fabrics reveal not only their patterns but also layers of history, dissolving our perception of time itself.”
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