Pattern and ornament in design

Following on from the visual delights of the recent exhibition of Ishizumi Fans (,  comes this month’s exhibition; a selection of colourful pattern books published from the nineteenth century onwards.  The exhibition comprises books from our Special Collections, which are reference only, and a selection of modern publications which are available to borrow.

Some of these refer back to principles established by early civilisations (as recorded by Owen Jones in his classic work The Grammar of Ornament) and some to the designs seen in nature (Eugene Grasset on plants and  Maurice Verneuil on animals).

If you are in Central Library be sure to take a look and enjoy the colours and contrasts of these items.  The display is located on the staircase on the way up to the Reference Library.



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