Patterns, Pleasure, and the Age of Digital Reproduction

By Robyn Glade-Wright.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: January 8, 2016 $US5.00

Over the past decade a range of printed textiles designed by Indigenous artisans in remote regions of Northern Australia have gained national prominence; winning awards and achieving commercial success due to their mesmerizing affect. These patterns share a beauty with celebrated textile patterns from the past, such as Mamluk carpets. In this paper, literature regarding aesthetics, perception and brain activity is reviewed to identify the characteristics of patterns that create pleasure by stimulating positive nerve centres in the brain. This knowledge may assist designers who aim to create patterns of lasting value and high esteem in an age of digital design interface and digital reproduction.

Keywords: Pattern, Textile Design, Biophilia, Aesthetic, Pleasure, Beauty, Wonder

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 10, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 8, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 865.264KB)).

Dr. Robyn Glade-Wright

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts, Education, and Society, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia