Sara McCormick  Senior, Fiber major  

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Materials and Process

Artist's Narrative I have constructed Celtic knot work patterns before using a particular technique I know on graph paper. This time I wanted to try working a little more freeform with my design, and also work with the idea of a repeating unit that was more dynamic than a square grid. With the triangular grid, I tried using the curvature of the circles as a guide and eventually came up with a threefold rotational pattern that I liked. What I got was a much more dynamic pattern with more interesting negative space of varying sizes and shapes; rather than my first design whose curves created triangular shapes approximately all the same size. Overall I think this pattern is successful in that it has more of an Islamic feel to me than a Celtic one. 

Teacher's Comment Notice the careful placement of line breaks that establishes a pattern of illusionary interlacing. See if you can find centers of threefold rotation and sixfold rotation. Then try to locate centers of twofold rotation. Now, observe the curved lines and see how they interlace. How does the interlacing affect the symmetries of the pattern? Is there symmetry? 
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