Jamaican Artist Ebony Patterson uses Pattern Innovatively

We were taken by a wonderful art exhibit at the Pacific Design Center.

The following is the press release from the artist :

See Line Gallery presents Jamaican artist Ebony G Patterson’s second solo exhibition in the gallery Fashion Ova’ Style including mixed media painting, tapestries, installation and works on paper .

‘Fashion Ova’ Style’ is a Jamaican colloquialism that comes from Jamaica’s popular Dancehall culture. The term proclaims a sense of inventiveness and a willingness to push the envelope against what is understood as being ‘stylishly ordinary’. An opportunity to make your own fashion while expanding on what is considered trendy. It also exemplifies a pseudo – masculine trend in dancehall that has become a kind of camp- machismo displayed by gangstas, entertainers and
dancehall’s avid patrons.

The exhibition features select works from Patterson’s ongoing body of work Gangstas, Disciplez + the Doiley Boyz, which investigates notions of the machismo through exploring fashionable trends within Jamaican Dancehall culture. While the earlier works within this body explored the trendy practice of skin bleaching, the most recent work has begun to include other fashionable exploits and examines a wider involvement of so-called ‘ bling culture’ and it’s effect on the of reconstruction notions of machismo. Raising questions about perceptions of masculinity within
a Jamaican context and raises larger questions about beauty, gender ideals and constructs of masculinity within popular black culture. This work raises questions about body politics and gender, gender and beauty, beauty and stereotyping, race and beauty.

With a continued exploration of mixed media works in both drawing and painting, Patterson has most recently ventured into installation, street projects, mixed media tapestries and photographs along with three-dimensional objects and wallpaper to expand the discourse formally and conceptually. Combining flower petals, toys, tampons along with these images. Has helped
Patterson to expand her conversation about gender construction and how ideas about masculinity

are indeed shifting in to a kind of foe feminine. These additional mediums allow for further exploration of image, language and gesture and how this informs constructs of gender; reaffirming or deconstructing notions of masculinity and how this parallels the feminine. Her morerecent works as a result of this has become more beautiful, decadent, iconic and confrontational.

Ebony G. Patterson is a multi media artist from Kingston, Jamaica. Currently an Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky. She graduated from the Edna Manley College with an honors diploma in Painting and pursued her MFA in Printmaking and drawing from, the Sam Fox College of Design & Visual at Washington University in St. Louis. Patterson has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including the National Biennial (2004, 2006, 2008), National Gallery of Jamaica,
Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), Brooklyn Museum, Gangstas, Disciplez + the Boyz (2009), Cag[e] Gallery, Edna Manley College, and Rockstone and Bootheel (2009), Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut. Hybrids, See Line Gallery(2007) Patterson has also received
several awards, including the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, in Art and Culture (Jamaica) in 2006.

Janet Levy curator and director launched her first curatorial project in Luzerne Switzerland in 1990 she brings years of curatorial, gallery and marketing experience to her success in producing and promoting significant projects by prominent contemporary artists. Including Art in Motion Nike Blue House, Surface Sounding ten curators –ten artists and The Gray Room with Todd
Gray. Demonstrating an intuitive talent for selecting talented visual artists and a visionary approach to curation in 2006 Levy founded See Line Gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to supporting the work of exceptional contemporary artists. Since its launch, See Line Gallery has garnered critical acclaim from local and national press outlets and quickly working to establish the careers of several emerging artists including Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson. In addition to collaborating with established artists and curators.

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As I?ve just come to appreciate, one advantage of LEDs is that they require very little infrastructure, or at least infrastructure of very little bulk. As Ingo Maurer and manufacturer Architects Paper have just shown us, in fact, all that?s required to make these little points of light shine so very brightly is a parchment thin circuit board.

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And therein lies the principle behind LED Wallpaper, which is, essentially, a wall-sized electronic circuit board printed on paper. The LEDs can be placed strategically anywhere along the circuit, which translates to great flexibility in pattern and style.

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Architects Paper offers an array of intriguing designs, but the concept lends itself to easy customization. Clients can specify (or design) any pattern that can be configured in a linear orientation, which, owing to the intricate positioning possibilities of LEDs, approaches the infinite.

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Other perks of the LED Wallpaper Concept include easy installation. A simple adhesive backing lets users peel and stick across large expanses or smallish sections. And the lights come standard with programmed color oscillations, switching among blue, white, and red at a specified rate. Installations include a small controller to program and manage colors, brightness, and illumination rate.

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The interior design business has changed quite a bit since the 1980’s and so have the interior designer showrooms. Here is a bit of history from a showroom at the Pacific Design Center circa 1982.









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Putting Pearls, Bamboo, Suede, Grass and Other Textures on the Walls for a 3-D Effect

When guests walk into the powder room of Katie Stein’s Darien, Conn., home, “people’s first reaction is to reach out and touch the walls,” says Ms. Stein. That’s because the walls are completely encrusted in glass beads.

Desiring a look that was “sophisticated but with a little whimsy,” Ms. Stein, a 41-year-old mother of three, called in interior designer Annie Mahoney to spruce up the previously neglected room. Ms. Mahoney chose a three-dimensional wallpaper called Bianca Beadazzled by Maya Romanoff, a designer who has been creating textured papers since 1969. “The light hits the surface in different ways, it creates a kind of a magical feeling,” Ms. Mahoney says.

As wallpaper enjoys a revival in popularity, embellished papers are a particularly bright spot. Sales of three-dimensional wall coverings are the fastest growing of all residential wallpapers, according to the Wallcoverings Association, a trade group that represents more than 60 manufacturers and distributors. The industry is projecting an increase in sales of residential tactile, dimensional and embellished wallpapers of more than 21% by 2013, according to market-research firm Freedonia Group. Global sales of wallpaper have gone up 30% over the past five years.

Tactile wallcoverings used to be seen only in large-scale, commercial projects. Los Angeles-based manufacturer [ in the US]  attributes the rise in glittering walls to enhanced technology. “Until recently, silkscreening was very expensive and you needed large runs to make the numbers work,” . Higher-quality digital printers and computer software mean the firm can create custom wall coverings as small as 1,000 square feet and still make money…

A five-fold increase in sales of embellished grasscloth wallcoverings in the past five years. “With more materials available today, consumers are experimenting,”… “We’re moving away from minimalism, especially in the younger markets, where consumers are looking at pattern and sparkle to make a bold statement.”

Gina Shaw, vice president of product development at York Wallcoverings, the oldest and one of the largest wallpaper manufacturers in the U.S., sees the trend as a result of better adhesive materials and printing machinery. Consumers also like its variable nature, she says.

“The tactile surfaces bring in a different visual aspect to wallcoverings because the light play changes with the time of day,” Ms. Shaw says. She noticed the popularity of grasscloth a few years ago and says the trend now has moved to glitter, sand, printed cork and mica sheets.

The technology to create grasscloth wallcoverings first emerged in the 1940s, when it was popular in kitchens, though modern versions include thinner cuts of bamboo with mylar, gold, and Swarovski crystals woven in. The roots of tactile wallpaper go back further. “Stanford White had bamboo glued to the walls of his summer house, and Marcel Proust had cork on the walls in his bedroom,” says Charles Riley, a New York interior designer, who recently incorporated embedded beads and strategically placed pearls into the wallpaper of homes in Englewood, N.J., and San Francisco. “It’s a high-glam look, and it starts to approach an architectural treatment of a space,” he says.

Swarovski Crystals, which has been offering its gems to wallcovering manufacturers for a few years, is getting in on the game itself. The Wattens, Austria-based company recently launched its Elements wallcovering collection. Set to arrive in the U.S. later this year, the line of mica, crystal, and Geode, which mimics the look of crushed quartz, has been a huge success, says Christoph Kargruber, vice president of global marketing, since its March debut in Europe. Prices range from $800 to $2,100 to paper a 10×10-foot wall.

The papers can be overwhelming, and decorators underscore the importance of incorporating shimmery and 3-D surfaces only onto small areas, such as accent walls and powder rooms—or to the ceiling for a subtle effect. Mr. Riley notes the look is a style commitment, as it is more work to switch it out after a season or two than a painted surface. “Maybe you’ll like it in five or 10 years” he says. “Maybe you’ll change it out.”

Most designers agree that these embellished papers, even those with high dimension and serious sparkle, mesh well with the modern and mid-century furniture designs that have been so popular in recent years, adding a layer of richness that doesn’t clash with the minimalism.

To clean textured wallcoverings, grasscloth manufacturer Phillips Jeffries Ltd. recommends vacuuming walls with a soft brush attachment, though the Fairfield, N.J.-based company says that textured wallpaper is more forgiving of dirt than flat paint. Interior designer Ms. Mahoney agrees: “Paint shows handprints, dings, etc., while a textured wallpaper will show far less.” She adds that many wallpapers are treated with a stain-repellant finish.

Designers recommend experienced wallpaper-hangers. “Because the papers are so heavy, you really need someone who knows what he is doing,” Mr. Riley says.

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s, on the other hand, feels differently. It says most of its customers are prepared to hang these papers themselves.

Cristina Niccolini, who lives in the Roland Park neighborhood of Baltimore, Md., says she wanted a few modern touches when she gut-renovated her 1920s Lawrence Hall Fowler-designed home.

For the dining room, her interior decorator, Carey Jacobs, chose a handmade Ronald Redding paper with a traditional trellis pattern, but with metallics woven in to add some shimmer and dimension. Ms. Jacobs says using dimensional wall coverings creates enough visual interest that homeowners should go light on

or art. “The paper becomes the focal point, and you get a lot of value for such a small investment,” Ms. Jacobs says.

Ms. Niccolini, a 39-year-old homemaker, says her dining room walls are now a magnet for guests. “People always want to get up close to our wall and see why is it shimmering,” she says. “Embellished wallcoverings have totally converted my husband and me into wallpaper fanatics.”

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In a recent Tweeting session, we spoke with Juicy Co-founder Pam. We worked for a few years building out the chain with custom wallpapers.

We love Juicy and love Pam and their amazing clothing empire. Pam thinks the wallpaper in the store made them look “insanely great”.

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