Mi Pattern Laboratory and Exhibition

3 – 7 November 2014

Mi Pattern was a week long celebration and investigation into the fantastic world of pattern under the microscope organised by Rob Kesseler, UAL Chair of Arts, Design & Science. 

The Lethaby Gallery became a working laboratory where a collection of microscopes, supplied by the Royal Microscopical Society, were available to explore a world too small to be seen with the naked eye. In a shift from the micro to macro, visitors to the exhibition created a new landscape of pattern through photographing patterns such as material and skin up to 200x magnified. Repositories of the macro samples were made into a pattern book to archive the event. 

Throughout the exhibition there was a series of lunchtime gallery talks where artists, designers and scientists share their pattern passions. Guest speakers included: Science writer Philip Ball; Artist Charlotte Hodes;  DigiLab Fellow Amanda Windle; Typographer Catherine Dixon; and Microscopy technologist Graeme Gibbons.

The event was generously supported by the Royal Microscopical Society, Lambda Phometrics and The School of Medicine, Nottingham University.