Ellissa Collier - Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

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Materials and Process

  • Compass
  • Watercolors
  • Graph paper

Teacher's Comment

Each floral motif is symmetrical; there is ambiguity here as to whether each one is based on rotation or reflection, because it is a symmetrical motif. The fundamental region that is repeated may be perceived as either a quarter of the motif, which is rotated, or an eighth of the motif, which is reflected. The individual flowers, however, are not repeated; although there is symmetry, there is not a border pattern, mathematically speaking. While there is local symmetry, there is no global symmetry.

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