Manchester Open returns on the 4th & 5th October at the Museum of Science and Industry with a full program of workshops!  Come along to the Patternistas pattern workshop and be inspired by decorative cultures from around the globe: Some traditions may reach back centuries but their power still influences design today!

We caught up with the colourful duo Chris & Suzanne Carpenter of The Patternistas to ask few questions:

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1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A husband and wife design team working with forward thinking companies to help create quality patterned products that are practical, useful and offer a refreshing design choice to the market.

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2. Where can we see your work?
Follow our patterned exploits @patternistas on instagram and twitter for updates on our latest collaborations and adventures.

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3. What is your Manchester design highlight?
So many to choose from but you can’t really beat the wonderful Whitworth Gallery with it’s stunning steel and glass extension overlooking Whitworth Park. Nature, art and architecture – a perfect combination.

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4. What will people enjoy on your workshop?
An opportunity to relax and get inspired to try some creative experimentation. It’s been proven to put smiles on faces and some amazing patterns on paper.

All welcome and all mark making tools supplied. Just bring a bucket load of enthusiasm for rich visual cultures and let us help unleash your creativity!  Spaces are limited so make sure that you have booked your place, click here.