Islamic Patterns

I have always loved patterns and have spent quite some time attempting to create patterns and, more often, admiring (with some degree of envy) those of others. I have in my cupboard quite a collection of fabrics collected over the years with the good intention of making something significant from them that would celebrate their gorgeous patterns and colours but my dressmaking skills have dictated that they stay comfortably in the cupboard. Perhaps I will drag a few out in the near future (and indeed that was one of my many unspoken new year’s resolutions).

Recently I’ve had reason to explore the exotic world of Islamic patterning, something that has always fascinated me and oh what a plethora of glorious information can be found simply by asking Mr. Google to spread them out in all their gloriousness! It is truly amazing to study the geometrical intricacies of these patterns and realize that many have been around since ancient times and were created with nothing other than a compass and some mathematics.

Thank God for Illustrator… I’ve been having a bit of a play with some patterns, thinking in terms of both positive and negative space so that were they to be created in metal, they could work in two layers, thus creating an interesting moirĂ© effect.

Here’s two I’ve been working on:

Islamic pattern

Islamic pattern


It’s fun to do these … and I’ll be doing lots more. It’s been great to be forced to think in two (or is it three) dimensions, and to be able to explore the negative as well as positive spaces. I’m going to try to translate these to some fabric designs too so watch this space.

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