About Patterns in Time

The Paisley Pattern is the English-speaking name given to a teardrop-shaped motif, which in other languages might be referred to as būta or boteh, little pickle, pine or mango seed. The pattern is thought to have originated in Persia (modern-day Iran) in the medieval period and spread along the Silk Road to Kashmir where it was woven into silk shawls. The image evolved under the influence of successive regimes of Hindu, Afghan and Mughal rulers. Kashmir shawls were later exported to Europe via the East India Company. The invention of the Jacquard loom triggered the domestication of the boteh motif in France and the United Kingdom where “imitation Kashmir shawls” were produced. The Scottish town that manufactured these imitation shawls lent them its name - Paisley shawls – that has since become a shorthand name for the pattern: Paisley.

 (L) Poster for my residency at Kavli Institute (R) With former president Jean Cameron in front of my work as guest artist for Paisley Art Institute's 131st Annual Exhibition.

Watch my talk How To Eat An Elephant given as part of Kavli Day 2020 during my time as artist-in-residence at the Kavli Institute for Nanosciences in Delft, The Netherlands.


Watch a video about my residency at Kavli Institute for TU Delft TV created by Jos Wassink, Roel Breure and Ward Dijkman: