Those of you following me from the start will know I’ve been gnawing away at the problem of how to create repeat patterns with geometric shapes. I had a breakthrough moment this morning as I lay half asleep and my eyes stared vacantly at a skirt draped over a chair which had jaggedy flower shapes repeated all over it.
I won’t bother explaining – it is easier to show you… basically I saw the smallest repeat shape in amongst the flowers. A quarter of a flower here, and a quarter of a flower there. Imagine the circles below are the flowers… The centre of each circle is exactly on each corner of the square. That’s the trick.
Well I created a worksheet, where I could get the circles to overlap the edges of a square. Then I cut the rest of the circles off. All that’s left is the pattern within the square, as below.
I traced over this basic pattern and copied and pasted it to see if it really worked. It did. Looks a bit like a T-shirt below, ay? The orange square is the smallest repeat pattern. So exciting – this is all new for me!
To make it more interesting, although not terribly flower-like, I added nodes and pulled them to create zigzags. And threw some extra circles in randomly. Made me think of macrophages and red blood cells floating down a vein. With some pretty big thingymabobs to get around. Go on tell me to stop talking rubbish.
Anyways… This is the result of stitching them all together. I had to figure which ones to flip vertical, and horizontal. And as you can see, I forgot to get rid of the square around each repeat. Also, when I shrunk it down to fit my blog, all the lines got quite coarse. I had fun turning it orange.
Getting serious, I took away the orange, and made all the lines the same thickness….
What a puzzle. I hope you enjoy colouring this, and perhaps you might try making some of your own patterns at home!
Might have to upload one to Spoonflower.com. The only trouble is that I have to buy a sample of my work before I can put it up for sale. So I’ll wait for my spare $5 plus shipping…. I want to buy someone’s poetry e-book first!