Daily Pattern is a research project by Swedish designer Annika Syrjämäki, to explore the possibilities of content-based textile design in which the daily news is used as the inspiration and content of resulting patterns. Often textile design is approached from a purely aesthetic perspective where the final result is based on stylistic, rather than conceptual choices.
Annika wanted to design textiles that also have a communicative function, in which the resulting form is a direct product of the content itself.
Mostly textile pattern are purely aesthetic, I’d like to go a step further, find new ways in textile design.
Another idea was to give every fabric another layer, that you might just see after a while, “The information shouldn’t be to obvious, as a hidden meaning will more likely stand the laps of time, and make the textile more interesting” as Annika describes it. Subtlety in pattern is one of her keywords for her design as well as always trying to make the most out of the material.
At the moment there is a lot focus on the technical development of fabric, which I think is very interesting, but the innovation in the pattern itself stays the same, I would like to make a difference in this field as well.
Using commuter programming to develop patterns from different kind of data is one of the ideas. For Daily pattern there was database made to scrape news from six different english speaking newspapers from all over the world, next to this data was manually collected. Annika made sketches by hand that where then used to develop a program which would translate the data into the pattern.
For this project I used news as source, but I can see other possibilities as well, transforming data of any kind into a pattern. With the possibilities nowadays to produce smaller amounts of textile and wall-covering it would be possible for companies or persons to have their data transformed into an unique pattern.
Photos by Nadine Stijns