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Repeat Patterns: Block Repeats

August 16, 2010

The block repeat is the most fundamental of the repeat structures and permits the most comprehensive range of variations (along with drop and brick repeats). The block can be mirrored, accentuating the static nature of the repeat, or rotated, helping to create a design with more movement.

The basic block repeat is positioned so the design faces the same way at each repeat. More complex designs can be created by rotating a block elaborated with geometric patterns. If these are calculated carefully, designs can result in which the outlines of the basic block are disguised by the apparent complexity of the overall design.

The repeat can also be hidden by the use of an intricate and/or loosely structured design…

… From Repeat Patterns: a manual for designers, artists and architects, by Peter Phillips and Gillian Bunce.

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