D*S Pattern Book: Greek Key


Text by Amy Azzarito. Design and Illustration by Maxwell Tielman.

jorey hurley

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?

Maxwell Tielman

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.

Dominique Paolini

Just that little blurb makes me what that pattern in my life. Infinity and unity. Why isn’t the pattern used more in weddings, I wonder?