Eszther Bornemisza

Underlying Patterns

Tailoring a new garment begins with finding a pattern to be adjusted for individual needs. Urban areas are planned and re-planned through layouts that are tailored for communal needs. Eszter Bornemisza combines these two aspects in her work by layering urban schemes with tailoring ones.

In creating this work, she used some of her original Australian dressmakers’ patterns that are printed on thin transparent, but firm paper. This character of the paper allowed her to link these patterns with her urban map patterns that she has been working with for more than twenty years. The maps are cut out from dyed overprinted newspaper or drawn on sketch paper.

As layering has been a principal tool in Eszter’s work, this material allowed her to create a surface that brings out the complexity of these markings. The circular and rectangular shapes of her maps echo the forms of the chosen tailoring patterns to underpin her idea about the connection between the aspects of individual and collective planning and thinking. With this piece, she strives to draw attention to the importance of finding and keeping balance between individual and collective interests both in our immediate and broader communities.