Brighton: a plethora of pattern

When I was down in Brighton over the weekend, it seemed as if everywhere I went I saw amazing patterns, embedded into the everyday fabric of the city.

I don’t know whether it was just that I was on holiday, so was looking around me with a little more interest and leisure than I normally do, or whether Brighton really has a lot more glorious patterns than London. (Okay, so I do know the answer to that, it’s clearly the first one, but it’s much nicer to think about an amazing city of patterns…)

I’m really fascinated by pattern at the moment. What with this whole fabric designing malarkey, I’m spending more time than usual noticing the way things are laid out, the geometric repeats of patterns and how you can take inspiration from all sorts of unlikely everyday objects to create really beautiful images.

Here, then, are some favourites that I spotted while we were away.

Mosaic floor, Brighton museum
I’d love to give you a bit of background history on this floor, but I’m afraid all I know about it is that it’s pretty…

We only made a brief visit to the Art Museum, but I had time to admire (and photograph) its mosaic floors (above) and tiled walls (below).

Tiled wall, Brighton museum
Stunning, aren’t they. Plus a little reflection of me for your added viewing pleasure

It wasn’t just in the museums and galleries I spotted nice patterns though. Oh no! Even Brighton’s car parks are beautiful. On the way to use the loo in Debenhams, I was temporarily stopped in my tracks to admire this pattern of sunlight coming through the grid on the side of the car park:

Sunlight in car park
You know, in London, we don’t have beautiful things like car parks.

But, let’s face it, you don’t go to Brighton to admire the car parks. Out on the beach, there was plenty of opportunity to photograph the floor as well.

Beach path
Wood and pebbles, especially lovely patterns

The pebble beach was edged with pathways made of wood. Some new, as above, some older, as below.

Beach path, Brighton
Pebbles and older wood: even better

The paths going through the middle of the beach were equally appealing:

Beach path, Brighton
Have you seen enough photos of different combinations of wood and pebbles yet?

As was this series of steps leading to the beach:

Steps
Paving slabs, bricks and wood. Not necessarily a combination I would normally think of as beautiful

And finally, out on the pier, a little more weathered wood…

Brighton pier
As I took the photo, the sea was glittering away through the cracks

…and is there, anywhere, a more glorious sight than white railings and a turquoise sea?

Brighton pier railings
Mmmmm, heavenly view

On a completely unrelated note, I’m off to the Pinterest UK party this evening up in King’s Cross. I was contacted by Pinterest a few weeks ago to ask if I wanted to come along, in a move that felt a little akin to your favourite band when you were younger noticing how much time you’d spend staring at their poster on the ceiling and deciding to ask you to come to tea.

(I have an idea that Pinterest has set up an algorithm that looked at the accounts of bloggers and correlated how much time they were wasting usefully pinning projects they are really going to make one day on Pinterest and then invited the most hopelessly addicted to come and meet them.)

I think somewhere in my subconscious the word “party” has struck terror though. Not having been out a huge amount since having the little sproglet, it’s a while since I’ve been to a party. Let alone one where I won’t actually know a single person. My body, in response, has behaved as that of an 18-year-old going on a date. I have a spot on my top lip. I got really sunburnt yesterday. I cut my ankle just now while shaving my legs.

So, if you’re going along too, and you see someone with a tomato red face, limping along unaccustomed to their heels, a smear of unnoticed baby sick down their back, blood dripping down one ankle and a huge throbbing spot on their upper lip, come over and say hi. That’ll be me.

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2 thoughts on “Brighton: a plethora of pattern

  1. I love noticing pattern everywhere too … you found some pretty stunning ones there … oh I wish I could have made the party … I would be in a similar boat, not getting out at night much either anymore … I got an invite too but sadly can’t go … a plane journey seemed a bit of a stretch 🙂 … hope you have a great time … Bee xx

  2. Let us know about the party. I don’t know how I spent my time before Pinterest! Your photos so remind me of growing up in Llandudno on the North Wales coast.

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