According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one meaning of a pattern is: “an artistic, musical, literary, or mechanical design or form.”
Humans have always been mesmerized by patterns. The first visual patterns were ‘designed’ by nature. However, people quickly found ways to ‘plagiarize’ nature’s artwork and add narrative. Patterns became spiritual symbols; ancient cultures used them to mark taboos or stigmatize renegades. In medieval times, patterns on clothes and flags were symbols of power or belonging. Today, brands display them to win their customer’s attention or show the status of the bearer.
One of my favourite patterns is the houndstooth pattern. It doesn’t have any deep spiritual meaning; it was born out of a weaving technique. Yet, its timeless simplicity is a sign of great style.