Meredith Williams - Senior, Interior Architecture and Design majo

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Materials and Process

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Tracing paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Black marker
  1. Starting with a sheet of tracing paper and pencil, I divided the sheet in half and then created a 2 inch by 2 inch square grid.
  2. In the center of another sheet of tracing paper, I constructed a square lattice pattern of circles.
  3. Then I created a diagonal 2 inch grid.
  4. I overlapped the different grids and found connections between lines.

Artist's Narrative

I found inspiration from J. Bourgoin's Arabic Geometric Pattern and Design. Having begun the process, as stated above, I created larger circles that slightly overlapped, the diameters of which connected with one another. I turned the circles into octagons, with each radius of a circle connected to another circle's radius equaling the length of one circle's diameter.

To create the border pattern I divided the pattern in half, which created half-octagons that interlocked. Then I took my border pattern and overlapped the lines over and under each other to create an interlacing pattern.

Teacher's Comment

In this linear composition, lines intersect to create angles and points of intersection. How many different shapes are thus created? Is the pattern symmetrical? What happens if it is repeated? Does the local symmetry of order two rotation and reflection work to create global symmetry? This playfulness with pattern is often observed in Islamic architectural decoration of the 15th century in Central Asia, Turkey, Iran, and India, which has led to the appellation, "International Style."

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