Anemone by Neisha Crosland.
A PORTRAIT OF PATTERN
FINE WORKS ON PAPER BY NEISHA CROSLAND
29 OCTOBER - 12 NOVEMBER 2019
‘Pattern, once in repeat, finds itself as well as loses itself … but what happens when you lift the motif out of context and lay it out in isolation?’ Neisha Crosland.
Internationally renowned textile designer Neisha Crosland has spent her career creating beautiful repeating patterns to apply to products ranging from textiles and wallpapers to tiles and fashion accessories. Fascinated by the ways in which a design can metamorphose depending upon its application, Neisha has become interested in a more conceptual approach – intrigued by the artistic challenges and effects of taking pattern from 3-D objects back to its singular form.
In a reversal of her usual practice, to anticipate the alchemy of a pattern which would then be applied to an object, Neisha has now considered how a motif can be brought to life as a work of art in its own right. These unique hand-drawn and hand-painted portraits of pattern have been specially created for a selling exhibition at the Afridi Gallery on Royal Hospital Road. (29 October - 12 November) Shahbaz Afridi explains, ‘Neisha’s designs have worldwide appeal and it’s been fascinating to work with her on this very special exhibition. We’ve tried to bring Neisha’s designs back to their purest forms, and although we see echoes in the motifs that are reminiscent of the Classical, the Mughal, the Ottoman and Modern eras, Neisha’s reworking has made them uniquely her own.’
The pattern portraits will be displayed against a backdrop of the Gallery’s antique and contemporary carpets, collections of 20th century furniture, objects and lighting, revealing the dynamism and complexity of these extraordinarily lyrical works of art.
Neisha Crosland (www.neishacrosland.com) is the recipient of numerous major awards including Royal Designer for Industry. She is the author of Life of a Pattern (Merrell, 2016).