Staff Picks: Digital Repeat Patterns
“Bees… by virtue of a certain geometrical forethought… know that the hexagon is greater than the square and the triangle, and will hold more honey for the same expenditure of material.” – Pappus of Alexandria
Lately I can’t help but be inspired by all the little wonders of springtime – flowers blossoming, trees budding new leaves, birds nesting and busy bees gathering pollen. Though I’m irrationally afraid of bees and somewhat allergic to pollen, I still find honeybees to be some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. Beyond pollinating roughly a third of the food we eat as humans, they are also geniuses of interior design.
Throwback to middle school math class: my favorite project was when we designed our own tessellations by making a colorful poster illustrating a repeat pattern. In case you don’t remember, a tessellation is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes with no gaps and no overlaps. The only three self-tessellating regular polygons are the square, the triangle and the hexagon. Bees are very clever in that the design of a honeycomb incorporates repeated hexagons, which hold the largest quantity of honey using the least amount of material. Pretty smart for a honeybee!
It’s little pieces of natural phenomena like this that I find so inspiring, and my reasoning for selecting Digital Repeat Patterns with the multi-talented Katy Fischer as my Staff Pick for the month of April.
In this class, students will bring their own laptops to TAC and learn how to make a repeat pattern in either Photoshop or in Preview (if you have a PC, Photoshop is required for the class). Students will learn the fundamental digital skills required to create intricate, repeated designs on fabric, and how to create a balanced, seamless pattern using spot channels for color separation. When the designs are completed, students will print their designs on fabric via Spoonflower.com.
The possibilities are endless. So if you’re like me and find inspiration in seemingly simple things – whether you are a fashion designer, interior designer, hobbyist or even if you are currently enrolled in any sewing class at the Textile Arts Center – consider the possibility of creating your own designs on fabric and join us for the Digital Repeat Patterns Weekend Intensive with Katy Fischer!
Katy FischerDigital Repeat Patterns Weekend Intensive Katy Fischer Sat + Sun, May 10th-11th, 11AM – 5PM TAC Brooklyn
Staff Picks are a monthly series of discounted classes, based around a theme. This month, we are celebrating EARTH. Staff Picks are 10% off for the month – just enter STAFFAPR14 at checkout!