Dead Man’s Patterns, 2008

Edition: 100

Printed and hand-bound (archival quality) in London, UK

90 leaves with original Savile Row pattern-piece insert.
Bound in archival brown paper with magnetic strip opening, wrapped in original 1960s pattern cutting tissue paper.

Dimensions: 30 x 42 cm

Dead Man’s Patterns is a story, beneath the trappings of English menswear into the book, the man, the pattern, and the tailor. And this story begins with a simple find: a set of bespoke patterns (jackets, suits, trousers) cut by Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner, belonging to a customer who is now sadly dead. Luring these fragile pieces of parchments out of their original context, a design journey has been visualised; analysing, extracting and manipulating these patterns to find a new visual dialogue as abstracted shapes of human beings.