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Author: Nicola Fowlie, Front of House and Retail Team Leader

The next edition of The Dowse Pattern Project is set to launch this weekend, in celebration of Museum Store Sunday on 25th November.

 

The Dowse graphic designer Eva Charlton’s design is inspired by one of her favourite places in the museum – the collection room.


“I’m interested in the juxtaposition of the grid-like structures with the much more organic nature of the collection objects themselves.”


This shows in her colourful design which contrasts hand drawn misshapen circles with geometric squares and rectangles.

Eva's design on a furoshiki wrap

Eva's design on a furoshiki wrap

Recycled paper notebook sets

Recycled paper notebook sets

Lower Hutt-based designer Alfred Hoi’s text based pattern came from his interest in how repeating words can create a lyrical structure or rhythm.


Alfred combines this interest with a reference to the existing text on The Dowse’s courtyard windows that thank previous donors, as well as The Dowse’s commitment to connecting art and people.


“In designing the unending sentence, I emphasised the ability of art to be anything and everything.”

Alfred's design on a custom made cup by Dunedin-based Three Cups of Tea

Alfred's design on a custom made cup by Dunedin-based Three Cups of Tea

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