Patternbank were honoured to be invited to pin to Tate Modern’s Pinterest board – Pattern Power, a celebration of pattern in art coinciding with a major exhibition of Sonia Delaunay’s work. You can check out Patternbank on Pinterest here. This first UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern brings to light a life and work often overshadowed by her husband but none the less just as important. The exhibition features a wide range of her work from vibrant abstract paintings to decorative textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career.
Born Sarah Stern in Ukraine she later changed her name to Sonia Terk when she was sent to live with her uncle and aunt in St Petersburg. Delaunay studied art in Germany before moving to Paris in 1906 where she fell in love and married Robert Delaunay. One of the pieces in the exhibition, a small blanket she stitched for her son is a patchwork of abstract shapes demonstrating how she mixed Russian folk-craft with a more dynamic modern style that became her signature. Experimenting with colour and shape Delaunay covered the walls of their apartment with hues of contrasting colours and together she and Robert created the concept of simultanéisme. This didn’t end there and Delaunay continued with cushions, lampshades, furniture and then finally clothes where with her friends they dressed up in fantastically patterned clothes. Sonia Delaunay is at The Tate Modern, London from 15th April to 9th August. See The Tate Modern’s Pinterest page for pins inspired by Delaunay where Patternbank will be pinning alongside The Tate and other guest pinners.