Sara McCormick - Senior, Fiber major

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Materials and Process

  • pencil
  • graph paper
  • compass
  • computer (graphics program)

Artist's Narrative

For this pattern, I used my already constructed triangular grid and created a simple repeating pattern by hand. I've found that this pattern also shows multiple types of symmetry: translational, reflective, and also a kind of rotational symmetry that used two points of rotation.

Teacher's Comment

Beginning with intersecting circles, this practicum also plays with natural relationships of geometric shapes. By selecting particular points of intersection, an underlying triangular is established. By connecting particular sequences of arcs, another pattern is highlighted here. Although the intersecting circles provide limits, the possibilities are endless for pattern-making. With different technologies, the possibilities and limitations may change, but no matter what methods are used to create a pattern, there are inherent ambiguities that may be exploited by artists. Such ambiguities were well understood by Islamic artists through the ages as exhibited by works in many media.

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