Monday, September 16, 2013

Pattern Process

Ok here is a post mainly about some of the process I have been working on to make repeatable pattern tiles. I started thinking about this stuff years ago based on some of M.C.Eschers early experiments with stamps.

The first thing you do is work out how many times you want the edge of each side to touch.

Here is a tile that is 11 units square. The pattern hits the edge of each side 5 times (the red/even numbers).

This next tile is a little more complicated and more geometric, it is 17 units across and the pattern hits the edge 8 times.

Then you just rotate the square -90 degrees to get 4 variations...

From this one tile and its variations you can make endless patterns.

Here things get more complicated with two tiles...

And then we really get moving with a bunch of tiles and the variations.

To make more and more complicated patterns.

The next thing I am starting to work on is using different tones in the patterns and using these tones to replicate photographic images like this one of Groucho Marx using 6 tones. It isn't quite working yet but it is getting there.

Stay tuned...

More Teatowels

I finished up designing three tea towels for the BEPS fathers day stall. They all sold!

These last two I got to print myself at the brilliant Harvest Workshop on Lygon St. I was especially happy with the urban sunset image.

I mixed the ink on the silkscreen so each one had a different range of colours in the sunset, then black for the urban business on top. You can see the difference when I took out the yellow.

I am hoping to do a few more of these for the end of year Twilight Market.