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Evolution of Paternity: Pattern Power and Superstripe Festival

Every now and then, a few of my nieces and nephews post a link related to the general discipline of Graphic Design. This field has expanded into many branches nibbling and even swallowing established professions such as psychology, sociology, social development, scientific research…

Worse, they are happy using the term Design, left and right, and never deigning to take any courses in Design of Experiments, how to conducted experiments, and how to statistically analyze the data and how to interpret the results…

I am not that enthused or hot on graphic design, but others are, and that is a good enough reason to repost links in these topics.

In any case, how would I learn of this new coined word “Patternity”, and discovering that the term evolution was attached to it?

Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham comprise Patternity, the two-person powerhouse consulting on pattern-inspired projects of various scale all around the world.

After meeting through mutual friends they quickly realized that despite their seemingly disparate specialties—Murray’s in photography and art direction and Winteringham’s as a textile and product designer—they shared a strong aesthetic viewpoint.

In 2009 they launched a website as a public-facing, highly-curated archive of patterned wonders, helping them become the go-to pattern specialists they are today.

Sabine Zetteler contributed, along with CH Contributor in Style, this April 8, 2013:

Stripes can mean so many different things; they signal, divide, align, mark the beginning and the end and so many things in-between.

“The duo aren’t simply concerned with the visual appeal of pattern.

Last year, they held a day-long event with a group of autistic teenagers, which challenged them to create t-shirt designs inspired by images of different patterns found throughout the borough of Hackney. Their latest project, a festival called Pattern Power: Super Stripe, is organized in conjunction with the World Health Day talks that kicked off in London last weekend.

Running through 21 April, the packed schedule of events aims to reflect Patternity’s elements of research, design and education. “By choosing just one pattern—in this case, stripes—we have been able to structure our own pattern research and delve even further with our exploration of the positive power of pattern to connect and inspire,” says Murray.

“Stripes can mean so many different things; they signal, divide, align, mark the beginning and the end and so many things in-between. We’ve covered most stripes at the show whether that’s in the subject of a talk, a workshop, something showcased at the Superstripe exhibition or even something to buy in our pop up shop and café!”

Their hands-on workshops with future legends like Bompas & Parr, Robert Storey, David David, Fred Butler, Margot Bowman and The Flower Appreciation Society will collectively transform the Londonnewcastle Project Space on Redchurch Street into a kind of modern day community center with a celebration of pattern as the unifying force.


Murray says: “Patterns are something you come across every day. You wear them, you walk over them, you even eat, drink and think them and we believe that patterns are something that bind us together at a very fundamental level.”

It’s through the practice of paying attention and noticing more of what’s around us that perhaps the Patternity way of seeing can start to emerge. “Being more aware of life’s pattern, we believe can become more mindful of the bigger picture and feel more connected to the greater whole.”

The festival lineup is divided into an extremely diverse array of “Patternitalks” with scientists, musicians and journalists; interactive workshops wherein visitors can make their own patterns, as well as jelly or headdresses.

Sunday Sessions” demos highlighting pattern in the world; short film and documentary screenings in “Stripes on Screen; as well as a late-night live performance by Reallife on 18 April.


Murray tells us the festival highlights the incredible variety in their work: “One day I might pick up the phone and speak to a neuroscientist about the patterns in the brain, on another listen to a musician demonstrate patterns in sound. Everyone has been very receptive to this project, as pattern really does seem to be a universal language. We explore all these subjects in greater depth at our range of Patternitalks that we’re hosting at Pattern Power where we have asked specialists across many fields to share their experiences about “patterns in practice” and how pattern unifies and shapes their individual specialties—from art and design through to health and mathematics.”

Asked if they’d been obsessed by pattern since infancy, and Murray says, “I can clearly remember being encouraged to pay close attention to all the tiny details of plants and flowers as a child. My mum was a keen gardener and we had so much beautiful fauna around but we also lived in Hong Kong, wedged between towering skyscrapers, so there were so many contrasts within my immediate surroundings. I’ve always been obsessed with opposites—the micro and the macro, the mundane and the magnificent, the natural and the manmade. This has been a fundamental part of our Patternity working practice.”


Patternity emphasizes the importance of not only simply seeing patterns around us but understanding how they’re disseminated in the world to inspire us by creating these in-depth, analytical events like the Superstripe festival. “The more I’ve learned about patterns the more fascinated by life I am, our research has gone far deeper, looking to formations in nature and science that delve far beneath the surface of life,” says Murray. “The most incredible patterns exist when you examine things up close or very far away to see how and why forms actually function the way they do. Nature is really the ultimate engineer.”


Pattern Power: Superstripe runs through 21 April 2013 and tickets are available from Eventbrite.

Irish academics’ union votes to “cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel”

At its annual congress today, an Irish lecturers’ union voted to for a comprehensive academic boycott of Israel, described by activists as the first such move of its kind in Europe.

In a unanimous vote, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland called on members to “cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programs.”

Asa Winstanley submitted on Thu, 04/04/2013:

The motion also called for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to “step up its campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the apartheid state of Israel.”

David Landy, sociology lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, welcomed the motion in an Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign press release, explaining: “Undoubtedly apologists for Israeli apartheid will complain that such motions stifle academic freedom, but this is nonsense. The Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel is an institutional boycott, not a boycott of individuals.” And  “We congratulate the TUI and call on all Irish, British and European academic unions to move similar motions.”

As The Electronic Intifada’s David Cronin has written elsewhere, some Irish universities are involved in multi-million-euro European Union “defense” projects that also involve Israel, so the motion could have significant implications.

Perfect timing?

The vote comes at a time when anti-BDS, pro-Israel lobbying groups are still reeling from a major setback in their campaign against academic boycotts of Israel. Only last week, a landmark ruling in a British tribunal comprehensively dismissed a Zionist legal attack on the University and College Union for merely discussing boycotts of Israel.

The fallout of that total defeat was still ongoing today.

The Jewish Chronicle today carried one story calling the case an “act of epic folly,” quoting one pro-Israel lawyer. (Incidentally, the paper’s chairman happens to be Anthony Julius, the high-profile lawyer who took on Ronnie Fraser’s defeated case against the UCU pro bono, which might help explain why its coverage of the case was totally uncritical until it failed.)

UCU activist Sue Blackwell cautiously welcomed to the news, speaking to me on the phone today: “it will be interesting to see what happens, especially in light of the recent Ronnie Fraser ruling. I would be surprised if the Zionist lobby doesn’t try to find an angle of legal attack” against the Irish union too.

Blackwell has been a leading Palestine solidarity activist in her union, so has long experience with such anti-Palestinian “lawfare” campaigns.

She pointed out that the one of the UCU’s predecessor unions, the Association of University Teachers did briefly pass an academic boycott motion in 2005. However, that motion calling for a boycott of two specific Israeli universities was rescinded after enormous pressure. It was part of AUT policy for only two months.

But this new Irish motion is far more comprehensive. It “may be the first [in Europe] to do so explicitly,” Blackwell said.

Full motion

241 . Executive Committee/Dublin Colleges(x4)

TUI demand that ICTU step up its campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the apartheid state of Israel until it lifts its illegal siege of Gaza and its illegal occupation of the West Bank, and agrees to abide by International law and all UN Resolutions against it. Congress instructs the Executive Committee to:

(a) Conduct an awareness campaign amongst TUI members on the need for BDS

(b) Request all members to cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programs. (ENDS)


RTE Radio 1’s program Drivetime yesterday spoke to Landy on the boycott decision: you can listen back to the short segment on their website, and it’s well worth doing so (click Listen and then skip to time code 2:13:50).




April 2013

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