about Pattern nation
who we are
PatternNation 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. She is of settler colonial UK decent and was raised on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Cyd Eva, is a visual artist, painter, muralist, fabric sculpture artist and clothing/jewelry designer. She studied Visual Art and First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancity and now lives part time in Durban South Africa where she co-directs PatternNation with her partner CostaBesta. CostaBesta is a South African Zulu artist of many talents, based in Durban. As a recording artist and performer, CostaBesta is an influential face in the Durban Hip Hop and alternative music scenes. His ability to design clothes and thrift the best garments in town, and fuse them with an old school feel creates his one of a kind aesthetic. He is the co-creative director at PatternNation, where he installs blobs, paints walls, sneakers and garments.
Who we have collaborated with
Cath Colour Carver, Colour your City, Open Plan studio, Derekorder Live Sessions, Kristine Cofsky, Chloe Morgan, Nadia Albino, Delicious Monster, Lex LaFoy, Brianna Klasson, Roshini Kumar, Char Loro, Lindy Sisson Jason Bempong, Marisa Gold, Kevin Fraser, Alyssa Amarshi, Sharon lee, Sophia Gamboa, Erin Lara Walton, Maggie Macpherson, Marshall Heritage, Lucy Rose Corin, Tre Akula, Aysha Keyani, Innes Cherfi, JC hermier, Tygalily Nefertiti, Yilsen, Silviana Ursu, Diandra Ursu, Elo Zar, Agord Lean, Orla Adams, Okalani Leblanc, Rob Geary, Von Redmond, Jojo Abot, Isaac Shah, Leah McFly, Russell Telen, Ralph Escamillan, Anastasia Akintemi, Dressed Under the Influence, Snap Boys, Immigrant Lessons, Let's Play Outside Creatives, Shop Wrong, Sleepless Mindz, Afroditie Creative, Leah McFly Waackeisha, Chocolate Jungle, Lafa Taylor, Will Power Cinema, Creatington, JB the First Lady, Dosh Tasti, Jungle Tribe, Vaspaan Shroff, Helen Marley, Lennox Campbell, Valerie Lina, Yanira Galvan, Barbara Chirinos, Travis Clifford, Dhia Muhmud, Alex King, Natasha Morely, Josh Ongocol, Lorin SoKool, Kim Gonzalez, TJ Jali, Cebo Nxumalo, Han Pham, Nipho Hurd, Sean Ross, F-O-R-M festival, Art Starts,& more.
PatternNation has exhibited and collaborated in these cities:
Vancouver, Montreal, Johannesburg, Durban, London, Oxford, Mumbai, Bangalore and Los Angeles.
if you would like PatternNation to come to your city please contact us.
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.
We are living in a pattern nation, repetition is in music, fashion, visual art, even the way we move through our cities and live our daily routines. Every pre-colonial civilization embraced pattern in their own unique way. Pattern has been slowly drained out of people through fast fashion and homogeneous global fashion trends. So lets embrace and play with bold colour and pattern through the way we dress and the spaces we live in. Every Artist that collaborates with or represents PatternNation embodies these values through wearing and creating art that is rich with bright colours and striking patterns. PatternNation is not only a jewelry and design brand but also a way of thinking about the world. We are constantly bombarded by minimalist esthetic - PatternNation asks you to think differently and make it funky.