Orla Kiely re­veals the mood-boost­ing power of prints in A Life In Pat­tern

The Simple Things - - FRESH | JULY THINGS -

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.

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