Let’s Tesselate

Do you know what tessellation is? I got this definition from MathisFun.com:

A pattern made of identical shapes:

  • the shapes must fit together without any gaps
  • the shapes should not overlap.

That’s right. Math. I try to as little math as possible so I don’t really care about that part of it, truth be told. I learned about tesselation patterns and how to create them in art school. You’ll run into tessellations a lot if you ever delve into mosaics as the repeating pattern motifs are often comprised of tessellations. There is also a song from a band I like very much that is about tessellating, but this is a (mostly) family friendly blog, so we won’t be deciphering those lyrics today. And oh yeah! M.C. Escher.

Now that I think about it, it might have been the song playing on the radio over and over again that got me thinking about tessellations. I had to go back and relearn what I forgot from schooling and now that I have relearned and/or remember, I am tessellating all over the place.

Let me back up, just a little bit by saying that one of my goals for a long time has been trying to figure out what I wanted to do creatively. For a long, long, long (too long) time I thought that would be something like illustrating children’s books, but I realized, quite to my surprise, that I really didn’t have any interest in doing that at all. I just thought I wanted that goal for so long that I never stopped and questioned if I really did, or never considered anything else.

What I DO know, is that I like making things. Things that I want to make. I’ll make them and then sell them on something like Etsy and/or Store Envy. I want to do it rightwhich is why it’s taking so long. One thing I want to make is silk scarves. Wearable art if you will. So…scarves, patterns…I am sure you can see where I am going with this.

Here’s a swatch of the Queen Bee tessellation I want to get printed on silk for a scarf:

Erica Mulherin Queen Bee Tesselation

I’m trying to decide if I want a border or just the pattern. I’m leaning toward border, but I’ll keep you posted. I can’t wait to see what this looks like once it’s printed. I hope it turns out.

10. January 2014 by Erica
Categories: Illustration, Tessellation, Work In Progress | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. I really love the colors….personally, I would like a small black border followed by a narrower white border to stop your eye and return it to the design….just saying.

  2. I’ll try that. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. That’s awesome. I’d buy that! And I second the border idea.

  4. I love it! I’d love that one and one in blue tones!

  5. and violets and one in teals and one in grays. Yes. That’s all. :)

  6. Alright! I can totally do that! :)

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