As part of our Motherland Creates series, we speak to the founders of PATTERNITY about how the traditional craft of marbling can be used to help unleash playful creativity and ‘flow’ within children
Billed as the ‘world’s leading specialist organisation dedicated solely to pattern’ PATTERNITY began its journey as an online pattern image archive in 2009. Fast forward to today and it is now home to a pattern research consultancy, an award-winning creative studio, and a busy events and education hub. Founded by photographer and art director Anna Murray, and surface and product designer Grace Winteringham, PATTERNITY’S projects are driven by the core belief that a shared engagement with pattern can have positive and powerful results. Having run a series of successful pattern focussed events in 2013 the PATTERNITEAM will hold their first kids workshop at Ace Hotel in Shoreditch next week as part of the wider Find Your Flow event, which focuses on exploring the positive power of ‘flow’. ..
Tell us about the idea behind Mindful Marbling for Kids?
Anna: We’ve been working on events for adults for several years now but for us pattern is something so positive and inspiring that we wanted to be able to share some of our workshops with children, to see how they respond. Mindfulness is fundamentally about bringing your attention to the present moment, something that can often be hard to achieve in our present culture, and something that is important for children.
The marbling aspect came about as we really wanted to visualise the idea of ‘flow’ and flow states – where we lose all concept of time as we fully embrace the present moment. The technique so perfectly encapsulates the notion of ‘the now’, and also ticks our other important box of working with pattern to learn about traditional crafts and techniques. It’s also super democratic, and you don’t have to consider yourself creative to create beautiful artworks to take home and enjoy.