Images in Practice

Audit of Activities -


DECORATE, "To adorn, embellish... to furnish with anything ornamental... ." OED

ROGET first edition, " To render, beautiful, etc., to beautify, embellish adorn, deck, bedeck, decorate, set out, set off, ornament, array, garnish, furbish, smarten, trick out, prank, prink, trim, embroider, emblazon..." 1852.




A.H.Christie, Traditional Methods of Pattern Design, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1929. A Dover reprint , New York, as Pattern Design 1969.

pattern books

Owen Jones, Grammar of Ornament, Day and Son, London, 1856.

misc authors and dates, The Victoria and Albert Museum Colour Books.

separate titles

misc authors and dates, Bracken Books Pattern Books.

separate titles

anon, Decorated Paper Designs, from the KOOPS MARCUS collection, The Pepin Press, Amsterdam, 1997. Preface. Marbled Papers. Block-Printed Papers Bronze Varnish and Brocade Papers.

Edmund V.Gillon, Geometric Design and Ornament, Dover, New York, original 1969.


E. H. Gombrich, The Sense of Order, A study in the psychology of decorative art. The Wrightsman lectures, Phaidon, 1979. Introduction. Order and Purpose in Nature. Part One Decoration, Theory and Practice.. I .Issues of Taste. II. Ornament as Art. III. The Challenge of Constraints. Part Two. The Perception of Order. IV The Economy of Vision. V. Towards an Analysis of Effects. VI. Shapes and Things. Part Three. Psychology and History. VII. The Force of Habit. VIII. The Psychology of Styles. IX. Designs as Signs. X. The Edge of Chaos. EPILOGUE. Some Musical Analogies.

R. N. Wurman, The Analysis of Ornament, London 1856.


Jonathan M.Woodham, Twentieth Century Decoration, Studio Vista, London1990. Chapter One progressive Design and Historical Inspiration 1900 to 1914. Chapter Two From Historicism to Art Deco 1910 to 1940. Chapter Three Modernism and Opposition to Decoration 1918 to the late 1930's. Chapter Four design and Ornament in a Totalitarian Climate 1920 to 1940. Chapter Five From Austerity to Affluence 1940 to 1960. Chapter Six Pop and Post-Pop 1960 to 1975. Chapter Seven Ornament and Post-Modernism 1975 to the 1980's. Chapter Eight The Marketing of Individual Taste: into the 1990's.

Donald King and Santina Levey, The Victoria and Albert's Textile Collection : Embroidery in Britain from 1200 to 1750, V&A London 1993. Embroidery to the Middle Ages. Embroidery, Renaissance to Rococo.

Wendy Hefford, The Victoria and Albert's Textile Collection : Design for Printed Textiles in England from 1750 to 1850, V&A London 1992.

Linda Parry, The Victoria and Al;bert's Textile Collection : Design for Printed Textiles in England from 1850 to 1900, V&A London 1993.

Susan Lambert, Pattern and Design: Designs for the Decorative Arts 1480 - 1980, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1983. Section 1 Drawn and Printed Source Material. Section 2 The ~Adaptation of designs to different materials and styles. Section 3 Drawings and Prints as sources of materials and styles. Section 4 The Museum's collections as a grammar of design. Includes a chart of designers' names, and a useful list of the decorative arts employing significant patternmaking

Lambert list


themes and symbols

a short taxonomy

of surface and function

see Lambert list

patterns for papers