Flower of Life tessellation

My first encounter with the Flower of Life design

My initial encounter with the Flower of Life design, off a FB post last week.

At first glance, I was thinking this might be a P6m symmetry challenge. Pulled up KaleidoPaint on the tablet and tested my theory.

Indeed, it was as simple as drawing a single arc, linking the two ends of one of the 6 mirrors. I did need to tweak the control points in order for the encompassing circle to be perfect. And that was it! Sometimes it’s nice to stay simple. The artists before us certainly knew this.

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

The image below shows the same line repeated in different colours across the various mirrors.

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

A few added lines, and a black background.

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

A few minor variations in the arc, and the design changes completely.

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

Flower of Life tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2016

 

Interesting Wikipedia page on the topic of overlapping circles grid, or more recently dubbed Flower of Life.

2 thoughts on “Flower of Life tessellation

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