Every pattern teems with backstories. Consider CAMOUPEDIA your rabbit hole into the thoroughly entertaining weirdness that is camouflage. Its author, Roy Behrens, teaches design at the University of Northern Iowa and has made a career-long study of camouflage’s cultural history. His relentless curiosity, archive-plundering and witty analysis will open up a new lens on camouflage. You’ll learn how the pattern most commonly associated with hiding things is also very much about being seen: confusing the eye, subverting reality, and asserting one’s individual and group identities. And you’ll love every minute of it.
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