Useful Patterns


I am very sensitive to patterns. I often joke that I see patterns almost every-where... and I take diagonals very seriously as well. Perhaps this is due to my training as a graphic designer or perhaps it’s just a personality quirk. Whatever the origin, seeing patterns and working with them is integral to my Foundlings.


When I use patterns in repeating forms, they tend to evoke geometric references to mandalas in Hindu or Buddhist traditions. At other times I use patterns to contrast each other and set up a kind of tension. Either way, they have a way of focusing the mind.


I create my Foundlings not just to please, not just to be inspiring with their beauty but to focus on our surroundings and our place in it. To appreciate what may be discarded or worn beyond its “usefulness” and yet still have an important part to play in our world. My work is sometimes called “recycled” art. This is true but I think it misses the point. I am not merely taking discarded material and making it “art”. I am exploring how we turn a blind eye to what we consider unimportant when, in fact, what is unimportant is largely a value judgement based more on what we think we value than what is truly valuable.

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