To do this exercise, you will need to read the chapter on symmetries in George L. Hersey’s book Architecture and Geometry in the Age of the Baroque. This explains the many different types of symmetry which you will need to recognize and understand. These symmetries are the basis of all the geometrical work you will be doing this year. (so it is probably worth buying the book!)
Take a recognisable image/s or object/s subject it/them to all of these types of symmetry in order to generate patterns. Work first by applying each kind of symmetry to your object; then gradually experiment to combine the various tactics to build up a range of several different types of patterns. These patterns and these tactics will be used throughout the rest of the project to generate and analyse all parts of your projects, so you should take care to make beautiful and interesting patterns or a wide range of types, scales, colours, levels of details and complexity, formal variations. Be bold and experimental. In the recent past we found that objects with a strong and recognizable outline/profile but with a degree of detail and delicacy worked far the best for this. You can find many examples on the openstudiowestminster DS15 homepage under ‘patterns’.
Make a series of studies of combinations of these shapes exploring intersections, adjacencies, superimpositions and juxtapositions in 2 dimensions. You might also looked at different types of symmetry such as:
Reflective, Translatory, Glide, Wallpaper, Spiral and Fractal.
Please note, rather than just patterns, we are looking for complex objects and constellations which exhibit conditions of stasis, dynamism, tension, compression, comfort, dislocation and disturbance. We are looking for these to be considered and controlled (no parametric extravaganzas please).