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Repeat Patterns: Composite Overlays

September 14, 2010

For all those repeat pattern enthusiasts, we are nearing the end of this series of posts, before I get down and dirty with some design references…

Composite overlays are created when one repeat system is superimposed by another. Various combinations of structure and design can be used. The interaction of these structures produces unexpected and exciting pattern variations. The simplest scheme is to overprint a design with a copy of that same design which has been offset horizontally and/or vertically.

The creation of a third colour can be achieved by the overprinting of the two original colours in certain areas. The copy can also be mirrored or rotated. Alternatively, two different repeat structures and designs can be used. However, if the scale of the repeats being superimposed differs, it is essential that they be proportionate.

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

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