Alex Russell creates generative art and pattern design. Hello!
Alex is a creative coder, making unique, original generative art called ApeiroPattern. He is also a pattern designer, creating printed textiles, wallpaper, fashion graphics and all other sorts of surface pattern. You can buy his artwork from the shop, or contact Alex to commission work from him.
The first collection of unique, original ApeiroPattern art, A Scheme Not Of This World, is now available to buy. There’s a few featured below.
If you want to see more, head over to the shop to see the whole collection. New collections are on the way.
Generative art, pattern design and other updates
Alex’s big news is that the all-new edition of “The Fundamentals of Printed Textiles Design” is out on 7 October, published by Bloomsbury. (Or possibly 21 Oct, depending on where you look…) It’s an introduction to contemporary printed textile design aimed at degree-level students, and of interest to anyone who wants to find out more about printed textiles and surface pattern design. You can order it here, from your local bookshop or any of the big/online sellers. Find out more about it here or here.
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The Fundamentals Of Printed Textile Design
The second edition of Alex’s book on pattern and print will be published by Bloomsbury on 7 October 2021. (Maybe – some sites seem to suggest 21 Oct.)
You can pre-order it from your local bookshop, or Bloomsbury, Waterstones, Foyles or Amazon.
(Cover image: Katrina McLaughlin)
Alex creates artwork for an extensive range of uses including home/interiors, contract, fashion, stationery and giftware. Over nearly 30 years of professional experience, he has built an international client list. Learn more on the Pattern/print page or view his pattern and print portfolio.
If you want to discover what Alex is working on, bob over to the News page. It’s where he shares his latest projects and plans, with updates and posts in a sort-of-blog. Keep up-to-date by following him on Instagram or Facebook. From time to time, he posts longer articles on LinkedIn.
ApeiroPattern is Alex’s method of creating generative art. He uses code (computer programming) to assemble libraries of his images into artworks. His code combines two types of algorithm. Firstly, modelling composition methods (from art and design). Secondly, complex systems theory (from science and maths).
A Scheme Not Of This World is the first collection of generative artworks created by Alex’s ApeiroPattern system. The visual inspiration for the collection comes from the abstract patterns within cartography or landscapes. The code assembles hand-made rectangles, stripes and textures into complex images. Available in the shop.
During January 2021, Alex took part in Genuary. Described by its co-ordinators as “build[ing] code that makes beautiful things”, the participants were invited to use a daily prompt to code some generative art and then post it on Instagram using the tag #genuary2021.
You can see a selection of the work Alex created here, or read his article on LinkedIn.
Portfolio, information and other projects
To see a wide range of examples of Alex’s work, head over to the portfolio and projects page. View his current surface pattern, printed textiles and fashion graphics folio, the work he made for Genuary 2021 and other art and design projects.
Find out about Alex’s background on the About page. You’ll find a statement about his practice, an overview of his clients and shows, as well as a brief into to his academic work and writing.
Oh, and some lists.
Alex likes lists.
As well as The Fundamentals Of Printed Textile Design, Alex does a fair bit of writing. Discover more about some of his text-based projects on the books and writing page, plus examples of his design work that have featured in books, magazines and other media.
Alex has over 20 years educational experience as a lecturer and programme leader. He regularly gives talks and lectures at a wide range of universities, colleges, galleries and other institutions (including webinars). Learn more on the educational work and guest lecturing page.
If you want to get in touch with Alex, all his details are on the Contacts page. You can find out more about his experience and skill-set by reading his CV. There’s a list of answers to (genuine) questions that people have asked him on the FAQs page. This is a good place for students to head for.
Finally, Alex does a cartoon thing called Halfdropped that lives in it’s own world. By world, he means website (with accompanying very small shop).
Halfdropped is mainly funny ha-ha, sometimes funny peculiar.