Pattern language

Pattern language
Acrylic and collage on canvas. 24 x 18″. 2021.
Dark patterns, 10 x 20″.

This started out as a purely abstract piece that I declared “done” a couple years ago, but upon revisiting it, I decided it (and its sister canvas, Dark patterns) still needed that elusive something. The geometry of the butterflies (and the moths in Dark patterns) seemed to work well within the context of the collaged sewing patterns since, just like often happens in sewing, their creation involved cutting along the fold to create a single, symmetrical form.

The names of these two pieces both involve wordplay referencing the patterns featured prominently in the collage work, as well as various technical design terms. Pattern language refers to a term often used in design and programming to describe a collection of inter-related best practices. Dark patterns references a term for interfaces that purposefully try to lure or trick users into acting against their best interests.