Decriminalising Ornament :The Pleasures of Pattern

1 - 21 November 2018, 00:00
Cambridge campus

An open book of endpapers

The title of this exhibition - ‘Decriminalising Ornament :The Pleasures of Pattern - is the same as for the related 9th International Illustration Research symposium, taking place on the 17th and 18th of November 2018, also at Anglia Ruskin University.  This two-day research conference explores the nature of pattern and ornament within the context of illustration, printing and publishing and explores ideas around its current state of appreciation, meaning and usage. Within the context of practice based research, international researchers, academics and practitioners will present their work and discuss their ideas.

Central to the exhibition is a commissioned pattern design by Hansje van  Halem. This work is inspired by the longstanding collaboration and dialogue between designer and printer: between Hansje van Halem, as the designer and Jan de Jong, master printer and design book publisher in the Netherlands. It is based on rare endpapers from de Jong’s collection. Van Halem’s design celebrates the unsung beauty of the endpaper and will be displayed, in a range of iterations, throughout the gallery. Her design can be seen, on the one hand as a ‘wallpaper’ behind the artwork of the other artists, but also importantly, in its own right, taking up the entire central space. This space, dubbed the ‘Inner Sanctum’, presents the design process of the pattern and reveals its  relationship to its source of inspiration, a range of antiquarian endpapers, presented in their original books. 

Along the walls is the work of  13 other artists.  These works include prints, books and a 26 metre long knitted typographic banner. They are all part of the artists research practice which will be discussed at the conference. The works are the result of their research and exploration on pattern and ornament as a meaningful part in their current practice.

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

Information about the exhibition and conference can be found here

Event Details

1 - 21 November 2018, 00:00
Cambridge campus
Ruskin Gallery
Free to attend