Are patterns a lovely decoration or do they add distinction and definition to one's character?
Julie Chang addresses these questions within her work by intertwining traditional Chinese textile design, European wallpaper patterns, and contemporary graphic design to juxtapose elements of identity with visual icons from her experience of growing up in Orange County. She says, "I find myself sensitized to the ways in which patterns serve as powerful and ubiquitous markers of class - as symbols of arriving and belonging."
Obviously Chang's work is beautiful - the colors, the patterns, and those amazing plexiglass chandeliers. But, her work also takes a deeper look into the meaning of patterns. Textile patterns originated to represent an aspect of one's life like wearing a distinct pattern to inform others of your status or community. Today they are mainly used for decoration - so is there a way to go back to creating beautiful patterns with meaning?
What are your patterns saying about you?
Friday, September 19, 2008