Pattern; a repeated decorative design, repetition of specific visual elements.
I chose ‘Pattern’ as my subject, as it is something I tend to explore in most of my pieces. I’ve never had the opportunity to fully focus on it and develop it so deeply. This brief will enable me to discover all the different facets to this subject in ways I’ve never been able to before.
I’ve been heavily influenced from previous briefs, but I’ve decided to look at patterns in nature, which are very unpredictable yet so calculated and precise, as well as patterns in a more technical and artificial setting.
I wanted to think for myself first what I thought a pattern was, considering it is a reoccurring in a lot of my work, I wanted to understand what was it that made think that what I’d created was even a pattern? The more I thought about it the more confused I became, because I strongly believed that any repeated shape or stroke could become a pattern, but then I began thinking of symmetry and if perhaps it was what made a pattern a pattern.
I began researching into patterns, specifically how they are formed and how they exist in nature. I came across something called the ‘Fibonacci Sequence’, which is known as nature’s code. It’s a repetitive sequence generated by adding the two previous numbers in the sequence; 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987…
Despite the fact that when looking at certain elements of nature, it may seem as though they are completely random, and don’t follow any rules, they are actually perfect in the sense that they follow ‘nature’s code’.
I then began thinking of the artificial side of patterns that I wanted to investigate, and I came across Fractals. ‘Fractals’ are abstract used to simulate naturally occurring objects. It is a never ending pattern, infinite in a sense. Therefore, they cannot appear in nature, because they eventually come to an end, once you’ve reached atoms and molecules. These are the kinds of patterns that we see in a lot of art that may contain patterns.