‘The name of Jane Callender has a familiar ring to those who had the good luck to participate in her
‘Introduction to Shibori’ in the Textile Museum (Budapest) in 2009. Originally she became famous – we cansay even world famous – and multiple prize winner for her creations in Japanese blue dyeing techniques (shibori).
Now she surprised the textile world with such a book that is equally important and will be useful for people who are active in other disciplines, be it graphic artists, textile designers or industrial artists not to mention practising quilters.
It has the aim of aiding original individual creation of pattern. Starting from the simplest forms the book goes step by step from simple to complex patterns. 2000 illustrations help to make the creation more visual and understandable. The majority of the illustrations are in colour and even browsing is already an experience.
The book is not recommended for beginners; nevertheless it is a basic work which cannot be ignored
by those who want to create their own designs.’
Anna Dolanyi of the Hungarian Quilters Guild. Translation from Hungarian by Gyorgy Jaros
‘Most book-lovers talk about the pleasure of feeling the ‘heft’ of a book and of the many reasons for not turning digital.
Jane Callender’s ‘2000 Pattern Combinations’ may not have the most alluring title, but the remarkably inspiring contents within the satisfying weight and shape of this Batsford publication makes it a ‘must have’ for artists of many disciplines. Callender in her excellent introduction, suggests these might be, among others, embroiderers, ceramists, glass engravers, as well as her own craft of shibori textile design, but I would include painters as well, for the complexity and richness of pattern in this book by far transcends any ideas of regularity and repetition. Callender is herself a distinguished shibori master, shibori being the Japanese term for the many methods of dyeing and stitching cloth into intricate patterns. She was initially trained in textiles at Farnham Art School by teachers who had in turn been taught textile design by the two startlingly original modernists – Barron and Larcher – famous from the 1920s. And so the line of arts and crafts continues as does the fascination for potentially limitless pattern, for which Callender has designed hundreds of computer generated starting points and step-by-step developments for use in any medium. A wonderful book.’
Jilly Szaybo for Galleries.co.uk
‘This is a great guide for all those wanting to create their own patterns. The step-by-step instructions take the reader through simple patterns – repeats and reflections into far more complex techniques. Working from geometric through to floral, African and random design sources, Jane shows how pattern exploration works, whatever the source material.
The book concentrates on placement of line and shape and, although all the patterns in the book are computer created, it is entirely possible to use any number of alternative media. Jane, being a shibori specialist, has also included a chapter on this subject.’
Maggie Grey for Workshop on the Web
‘I am fairly new to the technique of developing illustrations into repeat patterns and have found your book a fantastic guide. It takes you through the stages with clarity and ease. Thank you for this book which is not only educational but also inspirational’.
Eleanor Milne March 2015
‘I have a copy of your book and it is brilliant! I took it to show the students at Urchfont Manor and they were very impressed. It was the ‘pattern’ weekend and was so useful.’
Janet Crowther Textile tutor UK
Review by Anna Dolanyi of the Hungarian Quilters Guild.
Click on the image to take you through to a PDF of the review which is in Hungarian.
See above for the translation into English by Gyorgy Jaros.
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