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Repeat Patterns: Counterchanged Repeats

September 23, 2010

The term counterchange (negative – positive) is applied to designs in which the shape and/or colour change positions. It is essential to consider not only the positive forms and how they relate to each other, but the negative areas that remain. This is an effective way of extending the repeat size, creating optical effects and changing the emphasis of a motif, whilst maintaining forms of exactly the same proportion.

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

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