Orla Kiely reveals the mood-boosting power of prints in A Life In Pattern
This is a book that delights the eye and heartens the heart. Orla Kiely’s archive is a thing of beauty, and this celebratory book is packed with pictures of her pleasing prints, which appear on dresses, cushions and her covetable bags.
Inspired by nature, the Sixties and Seventies (especially Mary Quant, Biba and Foale and Tuffin), New Wave film, kitchen-sink dramas and mid-century modern design, her work is vivid with colour and clash – willow green dotted with hot pink, matching large dots with small spots; and all designed with the awareness that things “should be clean and simple” to give “the graphic quality… space to be”. ( Conran Octopus). Read more of Orla’s wisdom on page 36.