Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Surface Design

The next bridge we make is to move from planner pattern to pattern in the round.  Pattern is used to cover the surfaces of sculpture, objects and clothing.  Pattern on form functions as an additional layer of movement, structure and meaning.

The questions we confront when placing pattern on form include:

  • What are the formal qualities of the 3-D object?  How might the pattern echo or contrast these?
  • What is the visual point of emphasis, the pattern or the 3-D form?
  • Why add pattern?  How does a repeating 2-D pattern change the 3-D form?
  • How does the pattern design relate to the use and meaning of the 3-D object?

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