Design Play: Exercise 1

Alongside the time I spend printing, drawing and whatever else I can fit in I’ve decided to undertake some exercises from a design book I own.  Whilst the first exercises are very basic I’ll still work through them.  I’m aiming to build a resource to use when evolving new ideas for future print projects.

Exercise 1: Splitting Shapes

The goal: to split recognisable shapes into parts, which are then reassembled in various formats, sometimes so the origin is still evident and sometimes so it is not.

I’ve chosen to work with triangles.  I first took one triangle and reset it, photographing each time.

Then I cut a range of triangles and reformed them.

I combined triangles.

I chose one from above and explored pattern repeats and distortion.

These patterns are based on one shape, repeated, elongated, squashed, rotated and overlaid.  I could continue making many, many more and create a huge selection but the idea is to produce a few and move on to the next exercise.  Easy to get bogged down at this early stage otherwise.  Anyway, as I’ve done this multiple times in the past I don’t want to stagnate here.

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About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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3 Responses to Design Play: Exercise 1

    • Claire B says:

      Thanks Inger. I thought it was an idea to go back to basics to get a few new ideas but I’m not sure repeat patterns are my thing. I’ll continue to follow the exercises though and see where I end up. I’m sure something interesting will come out of it as I get further through.

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