Jennifer Bartley

Master of Surface Pattern and Textiles

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About me

“There is a joy in pattern and colour that cannot simply be described, it is to be felt, to be experienced, to be remembered.” – Jennifer Bartley

I am a pattern maker and illustrator, working across the mediums of illustration, collage and printmaking. My style is eclectic, taking inspiration from my everyday environment; focusing on florals, abstract textures, bold shapes and vivid colours. I design and produce playful and vibrant contemporary patterns for wearable statement pieces, which are created with the intention to uplift and evoke a sense of joy and adventure for those who view and wear them.

Following graduation, I will launch my business, designing and selling my work, alongside the continual development of my creative practice and portfolio, focusing on surface pattern design.

Vivid Encounters is an in-depth exploration of sourcing and interpreting visual inspirations, derived from places and objects that I have formed emotional and multi-sensory attachments to. I believe that what we choose to wear and how we present ourselves echoes our inner thoughts. I have created a series of exciting wearable statement pieces which emanate those feelings of joy, happiness and individuality. Each piece is a response to my yearning for bold colours and a need to celebrate my everyday surroundings. Individual pieces are hand illustrated, therefore no two pieces are the same, offering the wearer a completely unique look.

Vivid Encounters (From top left) Petunia, Dahlia, Fuchsia, Marigold, Geranium, Montbretia, Agastache, Peony, Cosmos. Statement earrings created using lightweight plywood and acrylic paint markers.

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Vivid Encounters - Pansy. Statement earrings created using motifs cut from plastic sheet, iridescent fabric and large scale paper illustrations.

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Vivid Encounters - Allium. Statement earrings created using lightweight plywood and acrylic paint markers.

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Vivid Encounters - Sweet Pea. Statement chest piece created using hand illustrated laminated patterned sheets and 3mm sterling silver chain and clasp.

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Vivid Encounters - Tulip. Reversible statement necklace and earring set created using lightweight plywood, acrylic paint markers and neon paracord.

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Vivid Encounters - Hydrangea and Wisteria. Statement earrings created using lightweight plywood and acrylic paint markers.

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Vivid Encounters - Petunia. Statement earrings created using lightweight plywood and acrylic paint markers.

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Vivid Encounters - Orchid. Statement collar created using plastic sheet, iridescent fabric and neon paracord.

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Vivid Encounters - Fuchsia and Cosmos. Statement earrings created using lightweight plywood and acrylic paint markers.

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Keywords: pattern, pattern maker, surface pattern, textiles, joy, vivid encounters, jewelery, jewelery design, earrings, necklace, wearable art, joyous colour, accessories, illustration, postmodernism, eclecticism, expressive