Heartbeat of design

Published 10:30am 9 October 2020

Heartbeat of design
Words by Jodie Powell

Rachael King’s debut book is far more than a book about art.

The Samford author says she created Pattern Pulse to bring people together in a powerful celebration of surface designers.

“It’s about bringing people together. It’s not just an art book. I have written stories that go to the heart of what makes these tick,” Rachael says.

With the work and stories of 100 talented Australian artists – 97 women and three men - included in Pattern Pulse, it celebrates the diversity of the industry and turns the spotlight on emerging designers and industry icons.

Pattern Pulse showcases the people who create the artworks that adorn the surfaces of everyday objects we use,” Rachael says.

“(It is) a beautiful snapshot of the textiles, homewares, illustration, bedding, interiors, stationery and fashion industries.”

Reaching out to idols

Rachael knew exactly who she wanted to include in her book, which will be stocked in libraries across the Moreton Bay Region.

“I made some very bold attempts – I reached out to my idols and they all said yes,” she says.

“I also reached out to Ken Done and asked to use one of his quotes in the book because a lot of the women in the book cite his art as inspiration.”

Rachael says she wanted to produce the book she would have bought when she was starting her journey as a surface designer.

“It was born out of an idea of developing a support system for my industry.

“Inside the book are emerging designers and people who have made it.

Diverse genres

“I have curated the artists in this book because I wanted to represent different genres and platforms for encouragement.”

Rachael’s own journey towards surface design is a story of persistence.

Having studied business straight out of school, she says she decided at the age of 42 to pursue her passion and signed up for a TAFE course.

“It wasn’t until I did graphic design that I found my groove. There’s a lot of happiness that comes through sharing art.”

Bright future

Rachael is excited about the future of surface art and the opportunity for artists to control their own destiny.

“With digital technology you can print on any surface and you can start your career from your bedroom,” she says.

“Previously you had to rely on an art director finding you. Now, anyone who’s looking for an artist can reach out through Instagram and commission them that day.”

Find out more at patternpulse.com.au

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