Two Canadian tessellation artists. There aren’t that many of us. One in Ontario, the other in BC. No, we have never met, other than through social media and texting. Through these platforms we have learned about many other tessellation artists around the globe. I think Escher would have been impressed with all these artists, influenced by his work. Even corresponding, learning and collaborating with them. He would not have been alone “beyond the garden gate”*.
Which brings me to today. LASTEST UPDATE : October 05, 2023
Since M.C. Escher started popularizing “nested shape” tessellations, many artist have dabbled in the field. Some show a passing interest, yet still create with a very deep understanding of the rules of symmetry. Others can’t get enough and create constantly in this art form.
To all the Hairdressers I’ve Met. Thank you for making me feel nice.
I’m not a fan of stainless steel instruments flying around my head at fifty miles an hour (it seems), sharp or not. In this category, obviously, hairdressers, but also dentists. I have yet to do a dentist tessellation, but have many hair related tessellations. Here goes.
Head over to my youtubepage, it’s a great way to see tessellations, and get a taste of my Skillshare classesabout creating these types of drawings. A playlist only about these wonderful nested shapes that M.C. Escher revealed to the world. You can choose a specific video on the “All about Tessellations” playlist or view all 28 tessellation videos right here.
This deal is on till July 9th, 2023. DON’T DELAY. 7$ a month.
I’ve been creating classes on the Skillshare platform for a few years now. My aim is to teach you all the different methods to easily create your own tessellations. But without the hassles. NO MATH. NO JARGON. NO PROGRAMMING.
Head over to Skillshare and use the discount code: 50OFF61823NP This gives you access to all the classes on Skillshare, not only my own. You may learn more rolling my class videos rather than scrolling social media, guaranteed!
On the forefront this year for sure, #IWD2023, March 8th. Two fronts actually. Two shows in Victoria (Canada) and my dueling inspiration, a game of tag with Jason Panda on Instagram. The first instance, a show at the Victoria Arts Council, I wrote about in a previous post. A juried show with the IWD premise celebrated for the whole of March, workshops, talks, conversations, panel discussions and of course, the artwork. And a showing of four tessellations at the Eckankar Centre, two blocks away.
Jason Panda? We became aware of our common passion for tessellations, a few years back, on social media. He is an excellent tessellation artist and a Canadian too. Ya.
Showing five tessellation prints starting in early March, 2023, on Vancouver Island.
A juried show at the Victoria Arts Council, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, “Levelling up, Breaking Down” will run from 4 –31 March in the VAC main gallery, 1800 Store Street, in Victoria, Canada. Gallery Hours are: Tuesday – Saturday from noon to 5pm. I will be showing a tessellation entitled “Push Back”, reproduced below.
In the previous five classes we learned the first three symmetry methods used in creating nested shape tessellations and patterns. Mirror, rotation and translation. This class introduces and explains in depth, the fourth symmetry operation, the glide reflection. It was one of M.C. Escher’s favourites, having accomplished 25 drawings using this symmetry method.
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A few of the Louis Cubes I’ve put together over the past 10 years. It seems to be a recurring theme. A design I like to fall back on, when getting back into the tessellation groove. I seem to go Zen at this point.
Quite a revamp of the KaleidoPaint app. Here you will find side by side comparisons, for a quick review of the new features. Menus have changed, as well as their location. And we finally have folders! And. And.
A beautiful Raven tessellation, created decades before M.C. Escher’s time. Copying the masters has always been a superb way of learning anything, in any field. Since I started drawing tessellations, I’ve copied 10 of M.C. Escher’s tessellations, this is my first attempt at reinterpreting a Koloman Moser.
This new class shows you easy ways to create quick patterns as well as new ways to vary your pattern layouts. TWENTY patterns in THIRTY minutes. We will use the four previous class symmetries to create these patterns showcasing the simplicity of the line.
All you need for this class is a good dose of imagination, an iPad, and a stylus. No need for advanced drawing skills. No math skills. No geometry jargon. No programming. Not even scissors and carboard.