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.

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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.

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Katy Fischer

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.

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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!

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Katy Fischer

Digital 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!

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