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  • Oooh I hope this will be a regular series! Like the color/pigment series from a while back.! Are there any books you like about pattern history similar to the list of books about color history and lore you did to accompany that series?

  • Jorey— personally, I think the hands-down best book when it comes to pattern and decorative ornament is Owen Jones’ 1856, “The Grammar of Ornament.” Jones breaks down ornament into historic and cultural styles and includes dozens of examples for each. For creatives, the book is awesome because it’s old enough to fall into the public domain—you can reuse the patterns in your own creative works! You can find reprints of the book in bookstores and on Amazon.