Freestyle dance video featuring Vancouver based Immigrant Lessons dance company: Kevin Fraser, Alyssa Amarshi, Sharon Lee, Sophia Gamboa and Brotha Jason
Fabric Jewelry/ Editing / Guest Dancer: PatternNation (aka. Cydney Eva Pattern)
Painted overalls and beaded jewlery: Sleeplessmindz Videography: Anna Deguzman
Location: Santa Monica Pier Los Angeles
Track: Lowkita - The Bump produced by Mr.Floetic
Publised in Durban is Yours: Featuring PatternNation’s most recent collection of upcycled clothing that exhibited at KZNSA Gallery for the Fashion Revolution #whomademyclothes exhibition. All PatternNation clothing and jewelry in this shoot are made by Cydney Eva from fabric sourced from thrift and off cuts in durban, Pattern Pupils also features Funky Pants, and jewelry by Seatbelts and Openspaces and Beaded Snapbacks.
PatternNation artist Cydney Eva Pattern connected with a crew of UKZN medical students through meeting Steve Slay at Same Sex Saturdays. At the club we had conversations about how fashion, style, and creativity are tools to facilitate gender fluidity and self expression and decided to work together on this submission for the Colour and Pattern issue of Durban is Yours. Steve reached out to his community at Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and we collaborated on this creative shoot with durban based photographer Tyla Coppinger. Studying a subject that isn’t fully your passion is something many young students face when trying to align their futures with the goals of parents and elders. While shooting Pattern Pupils, we all chatted about how creativity, colour and pattern can be incorporated into their lives and what impact it has had on this group of students becoming friends. Studying in Durban has brought this group of young creatives together from various small town around KZN and the surrounding provinces. A common thread of individuality and open mindedness is shared between all members of this collaboration, coming together to celebrate the healing and positive nature of Patterns and Colours.
Each model/ medical student was asked to share what colour and pattern means to them:
"Colour pattern to me, is a mark of where art meets a place of no boundaries,and being part of wearing them made me feel fearless in my own artistic form" - Siya
“Colour and pattern for me mean juggling your thoughts,feelings,mood,emotions and bringing it to life. The colourful make up, clothes and accessories completely changed my mood to better.I felt all alive and ready to rock the world” - Seni
“Color and pattern means being able to express my true self and creativity ..Wearing clothes made my love for ART grow even more. there were no boundaries to creativity this shoot reminded me to be myself and be fun because life is meant to be enjoyed” - Steve Slay
“Colour and pattern just reminds me that there is no limit to how arty one can be. One can use anything when it comes to art....like the old clothes Cydney uses to upcycle new looks because art is all about creativity and bringing your imaginations to life.” - Yami
“Colors and patterns for me are an illustration of how one can be able to portray their feelings in art. Colours to me are a language on their own and I have come into acceptance that not everybody understands that language and it’s completely okay. I get to align with my inner child and being brave enough to be bold in a world with so many restrictions, colours lift my self esteem to another level. Colours and patterns make me break boundaries that have been set by society.” - Nandi
Location: The Graffiti yard on Noble Road in GlenWood
Murals: Various Local Graffiti Artists
Clothing, Stylist, Painted chairs and Frames: PatternNation - Cydney Eva Pattern
Additional Clothing and Jewelry:
@beaded_snapbacks Canada (Indigenous beaded earrings)
@seatbelts_and_openspaces Botswana (long yarn earrings green/yellow)
@funkypantssa South Africa (patterned spandex shorts)
Tyla Coppinger @tyladurban
Siyabonga Sibusiso Shongwe "Asante Baraka" @siyabonga_sbushongwe
S'bongiseni Ntuli @seniphemba_senieh
Steve Slay Mabena @steve_slay
Yami Mpungose @yami7048
Nandipha Mhlongo @nandziie_
Pattern Nation is the #durbandesigner of the month for Durban Is Yours ! check out the feature they did on us and the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to the Colour and Pattern issue.
The call is open to all types of submissions (writing, peotry, fashion, photography, visual art, music, video etc.) open for Durban artists and international submissions! deadline to submit is MAY 25. check the call article HERE Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit
We will be shooting some fun editorials for The Colour & Pattern Issue coming out later this month and encourage every one to start thinking Pattern and Colour and submit some of your own work to #Durbanisyours
Fashion Revolution South Africa - KZNSA Gallery May 3rd 2018
Conscious living, up-cycling, fashion forward has never been so relevant as it is today. Join The KZNSA Gallery on Thursday 3 May for the exhibition opening of Fashion Revolution: #WhoMadeMyClothes? at 17h30. There will be a LAB Talks at 16h00 before the official opening, where you can engage in depth on the subject.
We are people from all around the world who make the fashion industry work.
We are the people who wear clothes.
And we are the people who make them.
We are you.
We are the 'pro-fashion protesters' because we love gashion and want to see it become a force for good. We celebrate fashion as a positive influence while also scrutinising industry practices and raising awareness of the fashion industry's most pressing issues.
Be Curious. Find Out. Do Something.
Leandi Mulder Designs are focused on sustainable practices, paired with intricate handcrafting techniques such as hand-weaving, embroidery and textile construction. As a recent graduate; comfort, perfection, attention to detail and a wabi-sabi approach to creative development are what makes Leandi Mulder Designs distinctively appealing. Her design philosophies rely on an eco-conscious mentality, a global aesthetic and a unique point of view.
Pattern Nation is a collaborative and inclusive platform aimed at connecting artists who embrace bold colour and pattern globally. PatternNation was founded by Vancouver Canada based artist and fashion designer Cydney Eva. PatternNation collaborations engage with many indigenous and radical thinking artists globally. As an act of decolonization through art PatternNation shoots, events, video's and clothing aim to create conversation around identity politics. Part of the platforms mandate is to create more space for inter-generational women and people of colour in fashion and to facilitate cross cultural sharing through art. The aim of PatternNation is to work directly with artists from various backgrounds and create content that subverts the usual consumption of Caucasian minimalist work in the art and fashion worlds.
Collab shoot with Leah Mcfly Waackiesha and Maggie MacPherson
Styling jewelry and graphics by PatternNation
Purple Oceans produced by Razz on the beat. Buy Purple Oceans on ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/pur... A collaboration with PatternNation (styling, editing and concept) Filmed on Location in Los Angeles Venice Beach USA and Durban North Beach South Africa in 2017/18. Videographers: Cydney Eva Pattern, Brotha Jason, Nhlanhla Gcabashe. Edited by Cydney Eva Pattern Los Angeles dancers: Immigrant Lessons: Kevin Fraser, Alyssa Amarshi, Sophia Gamboa, Sharon Lee, Brotha Jason and Cydney Eva Pattern. Durban Dancers: Costa Besta, Ink Drop, Brim, Teylo, Colour Carver, Cydney Eva Pattern Kwamashu FB Pantsula: Musawenkosi Hlalukana, Siyanda Smelane, Mduduzi Miya, Bafana Dlmini Purple Oceans is also available on Spotify, Deezer, Google Play and more
Featured in Model Citizen Mag
This surrealist photo series is a collaboration between photographer Maggie Macpherson, costume designer/ art director Cydney Eva of PatternNation and makeup artists Miel Enage and Keiko Hosoi. Fragmented Virility aims to look at gender politics and androgyny through the mediums of textile art, body painting and experimental photography. Mountains of masculinity have been built up in today’s patriarchal society. Men and women are raised gendered and taught how to relate to their masculinity/feminity. In this editorial shoot set in North Vancouver’s Lynn Canyon mountain valley PatternNation aims to fragment and alter our everyday understanding of the masculine body. Each model in this shoot played a role in creating this narrative, by bringing their unique energy, relationship to gender and cultural perspective into the collaboration. To align with the concepts illuminated in Fragmented Virility, PatternNation’s collection of one of a kind garments use the colour blue: a reflection on how blue is used as a tool in gendering clothing for “boys”. Photographer Maggie MacPherson challenges virility (manliness) by shooting with mirrors and reflection as well as altering the images in post, this creates a conversation around self-reflection and perception of self. The photographic choices give the editorial a very surrealist effect, using nature's patterns to further illuminate our concept. Makeup artist team Miel Enage and Keiko Hosoi captured the essence of PatternNation’s other worldly patterns by creating distinctly unique and colourful painted looks for each model. Together this team of Vancouver Canada based artists bring you Fragmented Virility, a conceptual Editorial questioning normality, gender binaries and societal constructs.
Art Direction: Cydney Eva of PatternNation @cydeva
Clothing and Jewelry: PatternNation @pattern.nation
Photographer: Maggie MacPherson @maggiemacmedia
Makeup Artists: Miel Enage @mmemakeup, Keiko Hosoi @keiko.mua
Models: Kevin Fraser @warntheharbour, Josh Ongcol @josheeong, Natasha Morley @lowkeyclueless, Dhia Mahmud @ddhia92, Travis Clifford @royaltravesty, Alex King @alexjinhoking
Published in GOLDIE MAG UK and NAHS magazine Nanaiamo
Matriarch is a photo series aimed at illuminating the beauty, knowledge and importance of the elder women in our lives, with all three models being middle aged and fabulous. PatternNation designer Cydney Eva has been inspired and mentored by the matriarchs surrounding her, older women that she looks up to and learns from. Having a very close friendship and bond with both her grandmother, Doreen Sisson and her mother Lindy Sisson (model in Matriarch), this tri-generational bond has allowed her to understand and grow close to these female figures in her life. Most millennial women experience a disconnect from older generations, feeling that they cannot relate and not seeing older women in media makes these important figures in our lives and communities less visible. Matriarch features three models that play a large role in designer Cydney Eva's life. Her mother Lindy Sisson began her creative career as a dancer and choreographer and after moving to BC from Alberta was Artistic and Executive Director of the Vancouver International Children's Festival for 10 years, The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge for 8 years and Interim General Manager for the Port Theatre in Naniamo for four months; family friend Barbara Chirinos originally from New York, in BC has held positions at the Vancouver Folk Festival and Film Festival and now works as Executive Director of the Granville Island Cultural Society; and friend Yanira Galvan, the mother of Louis and Will Galvan who run east Vancouver based artist space Shop Wrong, in many ways she is the life of Shop Wrong and is an inspiration to all of the young artists who work from this space. All three of these women play big roles in the communities that surround them, so for Matriarch with photographer Valerie Lina we wanted to celebrate these women with a professional quality shoot featuring new PatternNation pieces: Jewelry Collaboration with Snowpea the Jellewer,Sophie Spano and one of a kind PatternNation long hoodies and jumpsuit. Working with makeup artist Lennox Campbell and hair stylist Paula Shaw put the final touches on Matriarch. We hope that this shoot makes you reflect on the powerful older women in your life that have inspired, taught and believed in you.
Clothing and Styling: PatternNation
Jewelry: PatternNation and Snowpea the Jeweller
Photographer: Valerie Lina
Makeup Artist: Lennox Campbell
Hair Stylist: Paula Shaw
Models: Lindy Sisson, Barbara Chirinos Yanira Galvan
Intergalactic honey comb. Violet Visions asks you to let your mind drip, time trip and vibe kiff. This Durban based photo series plays upon purple and gold as royal colours referencing the palettes of Costa Besta's Purple Oceans track and Lex Lafoy's Honey Bass EP. An exploration of self through high consciousness. Shot at Open Plan Studio in front of a fresh PatternNation Mural, Violet Visions plays of the fluidity of the creative mind, What happens if we allow our ideas to flow, if we look beyond current day colonial practices and dig into deeper wells of traditional knowledge and understanding.
Models: Lex LaFoy and Costa Besta
Photographer: Llwellyn Juice Makhanya
Mural, Body Painting, Jewelry, and edits: PatternNation aka Cydney Eva and Costa Besta.
First Thursday's Durban
at Open Plan Studi
39 Station Drive 6-10pm
Honey Bass photography exhibition
photos by Llwellyn Juice Makhanya
Purple Oceans Art Film Screening in collaboration with IMMIGRANT LESSONS and Pattern Nation shot in Los Angeles and Durban
Violet Visions photography exhibition in collaboration with Ash-Leigh Lex LaFoy Llwellyn Juice Makhanya CostaBesta
Streetwear Pop Up
Violet Visions Mural
Interactive Blob installation
Good Vibes Collective
Produced with the help of Open Plan Studio and First Thursdays Durban
Beyond editorial is a collaborative shoot between designer and artist Cydney Eva of PatternNation, musician and model Chloe Morgan, photographer Kristine Cofsky, and makeup artist Nadia Albano. All the women involved in this shoot believe in striving to be your most authentic self. Beyond plays with the bold pattern and colour of PatternNation’s designs along with Kristine Cofsky’s playful and honest photography style. Model, musician and DJ Chloe Morgan brought together this team of artists to align with her creative journey of empowering women to be themselves, embrace what makes them shine, and pursuing their creative passions. Shot in Vancouver, Canada, Beyond hopes to inspire women to Be honest, Be unapologetic, Be positive, Be comfortable in their skin, Be positive and Be their authentic selves. With PatternNation’s collection of jackets, hoodies and street wear made from vintage clothing and repurposed fabrics, Beyond aims to show women that sometimes the materials they need most to believe in themselves are already there, maybe they just need to be repurposed. Think above and Beyond.
Clothing and Jewelry: PatternNation @pattern.nation
Photography Kristine Cofsky @theportraitsessions
Makeup Artist Nadia Albano @nadiaalbanostyleinc
Model Chloe Morgan @chloemmusic
INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATION for Durban's First Thursday FEB 1st and I Heart Market Durban
PatternNation currently based in Durban is a collaborative and inclusive visual art and design label aimed at connecting artists who embrace bold colour and pattern globally from Vancouver, Canada along with Colour Your City a global movement dedicated to transforming and enriching urban space with colour from London, UK. This two platforms will be coming together to bring you a free outdoor interactive art installation this coming First Thursday.
PatternNation fabric blobs have been shown in Joburg, Vancouver, Montreal and London and will have their Durban Debut on Feb 1st. With a new collection of blobs with fabric sourced from Durban.
This will be partnered with an interactive text and visual component by Colour Your City that will engage the audience to consider how colour plays into their daily lives within the city.
PatternNation x Colour Your City outdoor interactive installation - come play!
with installation support from Open Plan Studio
Still Here Music available on: Spotify, Itunes, Tidal https://open.spotify.com/album/7Ew0eV... Co-directed by: JB The First Lady, Toni Lavallie Director of Photography by Jean-Phillip Marquis www.jpmarquis.ca Produced by David Tallarico Edit by Toni Lavallie Dancers: Butterflies in Spirit, Rose Stiffarm, Jessie marie Anthony, Harriet Prince, Dani and Lizzy, Max Harris, Missy D, Immigrant Lessons Dancers: Kevin Fraser Josh Ongcol Sharon Lee Brotha Jason Cydney Eva Pattern Styled by PatternNation www.jbthefirstlady.ca Follow @jbthefirstlady
Collaborative photoshoot with Montreal based model and Dancer LeaH Mcy Fly Waackeisha, Photographer Maggie Macpherson and Styled and jewelry by Pattern Nation
CHOCOLATE JUNGLE REAL LOVE EDITION
Took place on Dec 8th at the Belmont in Montreal Canada. Produced and founded by Leah McFly Waackesha. PatternNation, Backdrop and blobs. Photos by Julie Soto
Choose the Right Thing Pop Up Shop
Montreal's Leah McFly-Waackeisha and Vancouver's Pattern Nation have come together to bring you this edition of McFly's Choose the Right Thing Pop Up Shop. Expect bright colours, patterns, 90s vintage, hand painted digs, dolls, jewelry, caps and much more unique goodies.
Mcfly Sale is back once again for another collaborative edition. Mcfly has been popping up around the city and trending since 2011 throughout Montreal. She started alone and now loves sharing the space with different brands local or from outside! Last one featured various Local Montreal designer's. this time we have a mix with special invited Guest PATTERN NATION also other brands listed below and local designer Becca Love (designs pieces/vintage) and Poupees D'or Special Custom made Dolls of color with hand made hair and fashion's!
PatternNation is a collaborative and inclusive wearable art/visual design label aimed at connecting artists who embrace bold colour and pattern globally. PatternNation merges the mediums, of mural painting, installation art, clothing and jewelry to create their multifaceted brand of one of a kind pieces. Having previously shown art and fashion and ran pop ups in Vancouver, London, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Bangalore, PatternNation is now in Montreal to collaborate with Leah Mcfly and Chocolate jungle.
Pattern Nation (vancity)
McFly Sale (mtl)
Sleepless Mindz Clothing&Design (vancity)
Afroditie Creative (vancity)
Snowpea the Jeweller (vancity)
Les Poupées D'Or (mtl)
Becca Love Counter Culture Fashion House Becca Love (mtl)
JanCity DJs (DJ JaeKae & DJ Nelles)
Pattern Nation Interactive art installation
Photos By Julie Soto
CHOCOLATE JUNGLE 90s jam brings you a fun and authentic Oldschool vibe with painted back drop provided by Vancity's PatternNation in collabo this year and our fly jungle dancers bringing the heat to make you move your feet. We always keep it live in the jungle!
FRIDAY/VENDREDI DEC 8th 2017
Le Belmont 4483 St Laurent 10pm-3pm (Performance start/commence 11:30)
Ticket/Billets $15 advanced $20 door (514) 909-3870
Mural and Graphics: PatternNation
Stylist and Director: Leah McFly
Videographer and editing: Ryan MacDowell
Track: Xscape - Love On My Mind
CHOCOLATE JUNGLE 90s jam Celebrates 5 years of hype official vibes collaborating with Vancity's PatternNation who created the set for the video and will have an interactive art installation in the club, bringing you the true experience! With guest performances Heavy D by Sweet Tuth and Mary J. Blige by Magdala along with NYC's DJ STILL 1 on the decks.
Love Like This is a photoshoot between 3 friends and 3 PatternNation Citizens; Cydney Eva: founder and artist of PatternNation, Brianna Klassen: creates visuals for PatternNation events and performances and Char Loro: ambassador and jewelry rep for PatternNation
PatternNation Mural, Reupholstered Couch and Jewelry
Vintage turtlenecks and dresses
Models: Char Loro, Brianna Klassen and Cydney Eva
Makeup: Brianna Klassen
Hair: Char Loro
Oct 2017 Naniamo
Published in Institute Mag
This is a Vancouver Canada based collaborative shoot between artists/fashion designers PatternNation and Sleepless Mindz with street style photographer Russell Telen. Brotha Jason founder of Sleepless Mindz and Cydney Eva founder of PatternNation have been working together on projects, performances, events, shoots and films for the last 5 years. Their shared passion for 90’s aesthetic, exploration of the imagination and bright bold patterns and colours have brought them together again to produce this shoot featuring models Brotha Jason and his partner Marisa Gold who is a classically trained dancer as well as being deeply involved with Sleepless Mindz. As a pattern muralist, and installation artist Cydney Eva worked with Brotha Jason to merge her use of patterns with his iconic clouds to create this backdrop exclusively for the shoot. Russell Telen came on the project as a skilled up and coming street style photographer and brought his unique eye and bold photography style to complete the collaboration.
This piece represents the energy of breaking free from the norm, making leaps to be different and fearless choices to be yourself. Having the bravery to carve your own path means embracing your purpose. Many of us dream with our eyes closed but were tired of being asleep. We dream with our eyes open as we turn our thoughts into manifestations through our art, esthetic and collaborations. This project was a beautiful culmination of new and old friends who have one purpose. To dream with our eyes open and live the life of our dreams which can often be one of the scariest things to do.
Photographer: Russell Telen
PatternNation’s Cydney Eva @cydeva
SleeplessMindz’s Brotha Jason @brotha_jason
Marisa Gold @marathegold
Brotha Jason @brotha_jason
Styling: Cydney Eva, Brotha Jason
September 2017 PatternNation and Immigrant lessons came down to LA to collaborate on a music video for Lafa Taylor at Creatington studios in downtown LA arts district. Photos by Jason Bempong and Mike WillPower
Clothing and mural: PatternNation
Models/dancers: Kevin Fraser, Jason Bembong, Alyssa Amarshi, Sophia Gamboa, Sharon Lee, Cydney Eva
Photos from Collabrative Video shoot with Dancers:
Leah McFly Waackeisha, Natasha Gorrie and Jojo Zolina
Photos/footage by Jah Knows Media
Mural: Vancouver Mural Fest unknown artist.
Clothing and Jewelry: PatternNation
Styling: Leah McFly
Flashing Lights editorial was published in Pride Magazine UK August 2017 print issue.
"PatternNation is a visual art, jewelry and clothing brand that blends colour and pattern to move to the senses." -pride uk
Model: Tyga Lily @tygalily_nefertiti
Photographer: JC Hermier @jchermier
Makeup artist: Yilsen @Yilsen_makeupartist
Clothing, installation, projections: PatternNation @pattern.nation
Sisters Silviana and Diandra Ursu school friends of PatternNation designer Cydney Eva were visiting Vancouver from their native Germany and all came together for this shoot. They are wearing pattern nation silk screened tee's, chokers and fringe earrings in front of murals from Vancouver mural festival.
Models: Silviana Ursu, Diandra Ursu
Photographer: Cydney Eva
Clothing/ Jewelry/ Styling: PatternNation
Murals by: Priscilla Yu and Tavukciyan
PatternNation citizen Brianna Klassen has been busy designing dynamic pattern designs in Bangalore India where she is based. She will be working on custom visuals for PatternNation fashion shows and performances. When we asked her about her pattern making practice, fashion and textile art this is what she had to say.
"About a year ago, I had a sudden shift in the way I wanted to express myself as a woman. I wanted to embrace some aspect of femininity that clash with ideas of feminism: skirts, makeup, and practicing craft for the sake of craft. But at the same time, I didn’t feel like conforming to anyone else’s version of style. I wasn’t seeing any stories being told by fashion. So I started designing my own clothes to show the world what type of woman I wanted to be. That lead to critically analyzing the textile I was working with; I wasn’t seeing substance or story telling in the patterns either. Right now, I spend almost every spare moment pushing myself to my cognitive limits building repetitive narratives that use math, geometry and art. My designs go from feminine, to weird, and back again on a delicate tightrope of design conception and manipulation."
PatternNation Collaboration with Afroditie street wear company, Immigrant lessons dance company and Sleepless Mindz
Afroditie is a Vancouver based streetwear company with an amazing message to share. Bellow is Afrodite's mission statement and their explanation of WAZOBIA WARIOR
WAZOBIA is a combination of the word “come” in three of the main tribal languages of Nigeria. The three distinct tribes, Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo, have a history of conflict, therefore, the idea of the tribes coming together in this phrase is a testament of the desire to promote unity and peace. Essentially it is an invitation to “Come, Come, Come, Warrior”; finding commonalities in our human experience and be inspired by one another. The message of ‘Wazobia Warrior’ is an invitation to unite all people together to fight/advocate for love and peace.
Photographer: Anastasia Akintemi
Models: Immigrant lessons dancers
Kevin Fraser, Sharon Lee, Alyssa Amarshi, Brotha Jason
Painted shoes, overalls and jacket: Sleepless Mindz
Jewelry and illustrations: Cydney Eva of PatternNation
Creative shoot by Costa Besta and Photographer Shaquille @shxquille. Shot on the waterfront of durban this shoot showcases PatternNation hand painted Tomy Takkies sneakers that Costa Besta customized. Model and creative director of this project Costa Besta is wearing a selection of his thrifted Retro Costa jackets with PatternNation Silk Screened tee.
If you live in Durban South Africa and you want to collaborate with PatternNation and or Costa Besta send us an email. Costa is selling Retro Costa Jackets, PatternNation tee's necklaces and painted kicks in Durban. You can find him selling at Fortune Coffee forever every first Thursday or Khaya Records at various hip hop events.
Radical, a creative collaboration between Roshini Kumar from Mumbai, India and Cydney Eva from Vancouver, Canada, two quirky unicorns spreading their colour and social ideas so much so they met just for a few minutes and it was enough to know they had to work together. They met properly one day before this shoot to bring upon this art piece having Pattern Nation’s (Cydney’s clothing and accessory line) garments and accessories along with Roshini Kumar’s creative direction and photography.
The shoot is to represent individuality, self-expression, inspire and encourage people to be themselves no matter what colour, size, shape, sex, tastes, etc. and be proud off it. The shoot also shows women being bold, confident, comfortable and content with themselves and their skin regardless of how their surroundings may be or what people may think; something the collaborators themselves follows very strongly.
Published in Huf Magazine
Creative Direction, photography and post-production: Roshini Kumar
Clothing and accessories: PatternNation
Models: Priya Banerjee, Nimisha Dean and Shrujana
Canadian fashion and art brand Pattern Nation recently brought their designs to South Africa, with an exclusive photo-shoot for Unlabelled. We had a chat with founder Cydney Eva to find out more about the brand and their experience in South Africa.
Pattern Nation was founded in October 2016 by jeweller and mural painter, Cydney Eva. Cydney believed the brand was needed to bring all her work together under one cohesive name and also to create a platform that more people could identify with. The brand that creates fashion, art, jewellery and patterned products and also produces community events that feature underground musicians, DJs and dancers. Cydney prides herself on embracing the maximalist aesthetic and explains that she actively tries to combat minimalism through her creation of loud patterns and colours. “The brand is inspired by my creative upbringing, being surrounded by colours, patterns, art, artists, musicians, dancers, feminists and outlandish thinkers. It is aimed at inclusivity, to bring together people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, classes and races who share a common passion for colour and pattern.” says Cydney.
To read more go to the article by Palesa Buyeye published in Unlabelled Mag
Photography by Hanro Havenga
Models: Agord Lean, Lulu Thabethe, Costa Besta, Phindi Thengeni, Cydney Eva, Elo Zar, Portia Sethago
Location: Assemblage Gallery 7 Alexander New Town Johannesburg
Connection and Learning through art - a conversation with Patternnation's Cydney Eva
Cydney Eva is the founder of PatternNation, the umbrella under which all of her creative practices find a home. This includes mural paintings, installations, clothing and jewellery. Cydney, born and raised in East Vancouver on Unceded Coast Salish territory, is in Johannesburg on a two-month residency with Assemblage. I had a conversation with her about her work and desire to come to South Africa.
For full interview with Christa Dee see the article on Bubble Gum Club
Photos by: JC Hermier
PatternNation interactive blob installation at Art Represent, Bethnal Green, London UK Feb 2017
A collaborative art opening of immersive painting, interactive sculpture and experimental performances.
Inspired by the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage, in which the voyager travel inside of the human body. This exploration in space, pattern and self-expression aims to create another world of creativity that consumes the room. Self-reflection, connection, surrealism, fun, play and interaction are all elements that have brought together this group of artists from Joburg, Durban and Vancouver. Assemblage artist in resident Cydney Eva founder of PatternNation aims to create a truly collaborative performative night and visual art experience that breaks away from conventional art functions and allows us to laugh, dance, observe, play and groove together, This voyage will consist of 3 experimental hip-hop and Rnb performances by Elo Zar, Costa Besta and Agord Lean with a DJ set by OWABOWA. Let's Play Outside Creative's bring us Playground vibes with PatternNation clothing/ jewelry and RHTC"S unique clothing displays. Take a fantastic Voyage in life; ask questions, dress bodly, laugh loudly, cry openly, dance madly and be your weirdest self.
Collaborators: Cydney Eva, Costa Besta, OWABOWA, Agord Lean, Elo Zar, Minenkulu Ngoyi, Isaac Zalale, Mpumelelo Frypan Mfula, Sandile Talent Mhlongo, Mpho Phogi Seoposengwe, Alphabet Zoo, RHTC, Redbull
Event photography by Gemma Garam
Film footage by Lash Shots
April 7th Assemblage Gallery Johannesburg South Africa
During a one week residency with Pegasus Theatre in Oxford UK PatternNation founder Cydney Eva painted two murals at the entrance to the theatre and in the dressing rooms. During her stay in the UK she also painted a collection of sweaters and shirts which are shown here along with a collection of PatternNation Jewelry on model and Pegasus employee Lucy Rose Corin
Photography by Cydney Eva
As part of RAW ARTISTS Vancouver showcase PatternNation collaborated with local dance company Immigrant lessons as models.
for the fashion show element Immigrant lessons dancers freestyled and performed an original piece of choreography wearing the newest PatternNation Collection of summer wear.
Photography by Mike Wu and Evan Chen
Models: Sophia Gamboa, Alyssa Amarshi, Kevin Fraser, Jesse Kim, Sharon Lee
June 8th 2017 Harbour Event Centre
On a afternoon stroll with Durban based rapper and PatternNation Ambasador in Brixton Johannesburg Cydney Eva captured Costa in PatternNation silk screened tee, bead necklace and painted kicks.
Costa Besta who runs Retro Costa clothing in Durban KZN is also selling PatternNation tee's and necklaces at local markets and events. Costa is a musican and core member of the PatternNation community. more collaborations and shoots to com from this talented artist.
Photography by Cydney Eva and Costa Besta
Edits by Cydney Eva
Want your kicks painted PatternNation style?
in Vancouver Canada or Durban South AfricaContact PatternNation and we can hook it up.
Photography/edits: Cydney Eva
We partnered with Immigrant Lessons a Vancouver based dance company and Sleepless mindz streetwear company to put together a shoot with the original members of the company.
IMMIGRANT LESSONS :
is a dance/art collective created to promote cultural pluralism through: dance, music, fashion, and visual design. It is the soul child of the collaborative efforts of two professional artists, Kevin Fraser and Alyssa Amarshi. These two dance professionals have decided to merge their 13 years of combined experience to tackle issues that have been prominent both in their profes...sional as well as their personal lives. Individually, their work has explored issues of: sexual orientation and gender identity, feminism, racial discrimination, cultural erasure, intersectionality, as well as mental illness. Immigrant Lessons is a combined front to aid in the creation of more opportunities in: dance, stage performance, film, urban performance, concert dance, as well as community development for POC and other marginalized communities.
Clothing/ Jewelry: PatternNation, Sleepless Mindz and thrifted vintage
Stylistsy: Kevin Fraser, Cydney Eva
Photography: Maggie Macpherson
Models: Sharon Lee, Jason Bempong, Alyssa Amarshi< Kevin Fraser, Sophia Gamboa, Cydney Eva, Jesse Kim, Shanon
Clothing/Jewelry: Sleepless Mindz 1 0f 1 bomber jackets, PatternNation rope necklaces
Models; Tadenda Hytugari , Marisa Antoinette Gold, Jason Bempong, Samira Warsame, Cydney Eva
Photography: Patrick Cruiz
Sky Light Vancouver BC 2016
MATERIALIZE Pop Up Shop
Art Represent Bethnal Green London UK Feb 2017
PatternNation, Paperroute, The Moon Made Me Do It
Photography: JC Hermier
Shoot for Snap Boys Dance company pride tour summer 2016
models: Raymond Jordan Johnston Brown, Kevin Fraser, Ralph Escamillan, Tristan Ghostkeeper, Jonathan Koh
Make up: Shockin Hawkins Makeup
Photography: Marshall Heritage
Set Design and Jewelry: PatternNation
Stylists: Cydney Eva, Ralph Esacmilan, Kevin Fraser
Pattern Palace East Vancouver BC June 2016
This shoot features Char Loro of Shape Shifters Studio and lovehard.ca and Von Redmond of Happy Medium clothing.
Clothing: PatternNation tunic collection and matching rope necklace collection.
Photography: Maggie Macpherson
Shape Shifters Studio Vancouver BC October 2016
Went for a walk with Vancouver DJ INN EZZ in December of 2016 at Clark Park. INN EZZ is an emerging female DJ in the hip-hop, RnB, boogie, house and electronic music scene in Vancouver. She is sporting PatternNation reworked jacket winter collection and indigo fabric jewelry
Photography/ Edits: Cydney Eva
PatternNation founder Cydney Eva in room mural for Jamie gill of Paperroute.
Clothing: PatternNation reworked denim collection and Warm Storm rope necklace collection
Photography: Maggie Macpherson
Model: Aiysha Keyani
Photographry/edits: Tre Akula
Mural and Jewelry: PatternNation
Can't stereotype my thing yo dance video shoot to M.I.A's Sun Showers
Dancers: Alyssa Amarsi, Erin Walton, Kevin Fraser
Stylists: Cydney Eva, Kevin Fraser
Film Footage: Issac Shah
Editing: Jason Bempong
Promo shoot for Connective Clouds collaborative art exhibition with Sleepless Mindz at the Toast Collective December 2016
Model: Krystal Paraboo
Photography: Jason Bempong
Illustration: Sleepless Mindz and PatternNation
BAS 3 is the childhood band of best friend and artists Brianna Klassen and Cydney Eva, both painters and clothing designers the two have come together as adults to do this shoot.
Brianna is wearing all of her own original designs and PatternNation jewelry
Cydney is wearing reworked PatternNation clothing and jewelry
Painted back drop by Brianna and Cydney
Pattern Palace East Vancouver BC 2016
Model/ performer: Jojo Abot
Photographer: Alyssa Burtt
Clothing: OKA fashion
Vancouver International Folk Music Festival 2016
Styled and Shot by Jojo Abot
Shoot for L.U.C.Y.D. visual art exhibition showcasing the work of Brianna Klassen and Cydney Eva
Phoenix Gallery East Vancouver BC January 2016
Stylist: Cydney Eva
Pillows and hanging sculptures: PatternNation
Photography: Brianna Klassen
Freestyle video at Shop Wrong with Jason Bempong of Sleepless Mindz and Cydney Eva of PatternNation in front of a PatternNation mural. Summer 2015
Film footage and edits by Jason Bempong
Mural for Get Juice bar in gas town oct 2015
photography: Cydney Eva
Models: Tre Akula, Okalani LeBlanc