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Repeat Patterns: Woodblock Repeats

September 29, 2010

This is the last in a series of posts from Peter Phillips and Gillian Bunce’s excellent book, Repeat Patterns: a manual for designers, artists and architects, before I show you how these structures are actually used in pattern making and surface design.

The woodblock construction evolves from two main structure networks: parquet and diapers. Parquet wooden flooring, consisting of pieces of the same or different shapes, can be arranged to create a wide variety of pattern organizations. Diapers are generally seen in panels and on wall surfaces, but this method of repeat has great potential for many other areas of surface design. Designs are often geometric and emphasised by the the 90-degree linear turn. This can also be an interesting arrangement for small motifs, and it helps to enlarge the repeat size.

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

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