Atomic by Tibor Reich, 1951
Pattern artists have always been inspired by nature, but in 1951 a group of British designers copied the natural world in designs based on x-ray crystallography.
Lesley Jackson's book From Atoms to Patterns
discusses this cooperative work between
scientists and patternists
for the 1951 Festival of Britain
Flamingo, Tibor Reich 1957
Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum
The interest in scientific images was encouraged by screen
printing using photographic processes.
It looks like pattern designers have been looking for ideas through
microscopes for generations.
Early-19th-century prints in coral style.
This one from the Powerhouse Museum files....
With better microscopes, a closer look:
Fabric by S.M. Slade, 1951
based on the atomic structure of the metal afwillite.