Manufacturer:The Pattern Book
Material:Vegetable based inks, Italian paper, recycled kraft paper envelope, compostable PLA sleeve
Dimensions:6.75 x 4.75 in.
Made In:United Kingdom

The Pattern Book - Greeting Card

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The Pattern Book believes there’s beauty to be found everywhere; whether in a long-forgotten graphic work, an old scientific illustration, or an obscure technical drawing. For the art of best wishes, their taste is for the unusual, the thought-provoking and elegant. These greeting card designs are adapted from various historical works, manuals, catalogues and books; the back of each features source material specifics. 

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Designed and printed in the UK with sustainably sourced materials, and a commitment to improving carbon footprint at every stage of manufacturing.



CAMERA FEATURES - Diagram illustrating a Contax 35mm camera manufactured in the 1940s. Featuring interchangeable lenses and a single eye-piece for range and view finders, Contax rivalled the pioneering make, Leica, for accuracy and shutter speed. Adapted from Contax Guide, Focal Press, 1946.

COLOR SPHERES -Colour theory diagram (1810) by Philipp Otto Runge. Runge was one of the first colour theorists to incorporate variations in brightness into the colour wheel, creating colour spheres.

ELEMENTS OF EUCLID - Adapted from 'The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid in which Coloured Diagrams and Symbols are Used instead of Letters for the Greater Ease of Learners', Oliver Byrne (1847). Byrne’s method prefigured approaches to information design, or infographics, widely used today. Courtesy Smithsonian Libraries.

FIREWORKS - Adapted from the ‘Illustrated Catalogue of Day and Night Bombshells of the Hirayama Fireworks Co., Yokohama, Japan,’ (c.1883). The catalogue introduction states that ‘the illustrations in this new catalogue are inserted merely for the purpose of giving a rough representation of the fireworks, which include many newfangled pieces, it being impossible for an artist to represent the brilliancy and grandeur of the effect produced at the time of the explosion.’ Courtesy Yokohama City Library.

FOURTH DIMENSION - 'Views of the Tesseract', adapted from 'The Fourth Dimension' by Charles Howard Hinton (1906). Hinton's book attempts to explain the existence of a fourth dimension in space, a concept popular among mystics and artists until Einstein's theory of space-time became mainstream two decades later. Courtesy Boston College Libraries.

GREENS - Adapted from 'Werner’s nomenclature of colours: with additions, arranged so as to render it highly useful to the arts and sciences, particularly zoology, botany, chemistry, mineralogy, and morbid anatomy: annexed to which are examples selected from well-known objects in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms' (1821).

HOW TO MAKE A RAINBOW - Adapted from 'An introduction to perspective: practical geometry, drawing and painting' (sixth edition, 1845) by the English painter Charles Hayter(1761-1835).

ORDERS OF THE ANCIENTS - Adapted from 'A Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture', William Chambers, with illustrations by Joseph Gwilt (1862).

PENCILS -Colour illustration adapted from A.W. Faber’s 1897 stationery catalogue. Courtesy University of Houston Libraries.

THREE PRIMITIVE COLORS - The Three Primitive Colours and Their Descendants' by Charles Hayter (1826). Handcoloured engraving.

TYPEWRITER - Adapted from US patent application filed in July 1897. Manufactured by the Underwood Typewriter Company, Franz Wagner’s design was the first widely available machine that employed a ‘front strike’ of the typebars, allowing the letters to be seen as they are being typed.



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