Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Full Circle

In 1973, when I visited the Alhambra in Granada, Spain with my sister Judie, we were fascinated by the geometric tiles there, and knew that they were designed using mathematics—though exactly how, we weren't sure. 

Last week, at Monograph Bookwerks, a bookstore of used art books in Portland, I discovered that they had just purchased an old library of textile-related books. I was able to look through them only briefly, but found a book from the 70's called 'The Language of Pattern', which explains the mathematics behind Islamic pattern design. It's dense. I was able to create this design based on the hexagram—pretty simple, but it's a start. I wish I had more time to devote to studying this book in a concentrated way, and at some point in the future I will. It should be very useful in creating new scarf designs.

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