Patterns Workshop
Some general information


A pattern (from the French patron), is a type of theme of recurring events or objects, sometimes referred to as elements of a set. These elements repeat in a predictable manner. The most basic patterns are based on repetition and periodicity. Visual patterns are very common such as simple decorative patterns (stripes, zigzags and polka-dots). Others can be more complicated but they can be found anywhere in nature and in art and in fact all around us. A recurring pattern in a piece of art is referred to as a motif which of course is dear to my heart and I often refer to a motif in textile art as a slip.

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern"
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), English philosopher and mathematician.

Of course, after all that heavy stuff, we are off to be far more simplistic - - . We are going to work with patterns this lesson and I would suggest you think about 1 particular motif you might like to explore or be happy to dip into a variety. Patterns are everywhere and as with lines and holes; you can find recurring patterns in all areas you wander. In the meantime we are going to begin thus to warm you up and have some fun.