The other side of me is the carver, 3D instead of digital artwork. I came across a carving by Chouki Derrouiche, a tessellation of Whirling Dervishes carved with different woods. Spectacular. I undertook to figure out which symmetry system Chouki used to create his nested shapes. I was baffled as to which symmetry system was being used– one 3 point rotation at the head, then the two 3 point rotations at the sleeves, both of these identical across a mirror. Till I looked a little closer; those two sleeves are not identical, not mirror images, no mirrors here. It looks like a figure with bilateral symmetry, but it’s slightly asymmetrical. The white dots placed at the sleeves and hat follow the pattern of a P3 symmetry system.
Below is my attempt at recreating the tessellation using KaleidoPaint. Not a bad sketch. I do like symmetry systems that do not have mirrors.
I also tried to create the nested shapes using iOrnaments, another iPad app. The 2D results using symmetry system P4 are more awkward, uncomfortable, with no attempt at faking any symmetry. I would need to start from scratch. Not happy with this one.
The only benefit of using this iOrnament app, is that it offers the possibility of mapping the result onto a sphere, which is cool. The disadvantage is that it is a sketching app, there is no possibility of tweaking the perimeter of your shape – iOrnaments is a infant compared to KaleidoPaint’s strong malleability.
Not lost is the phonetic similarities between dervish, Derrouiche, et derviche en français.
2018-1018; Absolutely love the colour shifts in this Whirling Dervish tessellation. All clicks well. Soothing colours. Flowing movement.
This Whirling Dervish Tessellation is now available as an Art Paper Print, in the online store. Either click the link here or the “Shop” menu above to see the whole selection of prints.