The book I have poured over more than any other is "Textile Designs: 200 Years of Patterns for Printed Fabrics Arranged by Motif, Colour, Period and Design" by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers. I discovered this book when I began studying textile design in 1993. Since that time I have incorporated pattern in my paintings and sculptures and I'm constantly ripping off ideas from this book.
bio: My interest in pattern and knot imagery led me to study surface textile design and work with screenprinting at North Carolina State University in the early 90's. This experience was proceeded by graduate school where I futher explored working with pattern, fabric, paper and costume to create installation based work. My work over the past decade, primarily painting and sculpture: dense, detailed, flat, botanical, is clearly born from the earlier work. I am currently working on a collection of small paintings which abstractly express the experience of living in Utah through the visual language I've developed over the years. I curently live in Salt Lake City with my partner Robert and son Owen after stints in Cumberland, Maryland, Columbia, Missouri and Olympia, Washington, whew!