Contributed by Roberly Bell, Rochester Institute of Technology
Board: Pattern Research Using The AMICO Library
1. The modular unit must have the capacity to visually and physically
relate to its multiple. Think of the module as a cell for growth.
2. Design the modular unit to lose its identity when placed in proximity
to its multiple. A successful design can be achieved by controlling the
alignments of the elements that are placed on or into the sides of the
module or structure. Visual and physical compatibility of surfaces increases
the dynamic of the module and the resulting composition.
3. Keep all modules and drawings. The preliminary studies will serve as
a record of your intuitions and calculated judgments. You will be required
to submit your models on critique day.
Research both 2d and 3d patterns: wallpaper, decorative arts, tiles in
* Using The AMICO Library database, research patterns.
Investigate pattern and how it operates as a unit within a structure.
Select five examples of images from the database. Use pattern, textile,
tile, fabric as keyword searches. You will also find pattern in painting.
Save as a notebook (remember your password). Then download into Photoshop
and analyze the pattern. Be sure to use the footnote procedure (explained
on the opening page of The AMICO Library) with the original. In analyzing
the pattern, select out from the original that which is being repeated.
Test your selection. Can you reconstruct the original? Can the selected
area be used in any other combination, north/ south/ east/ west?
* Create a visual presentation board of your pattern search.
Develop a number of possible patterns. Make rough clay studies and drawings.
Use computer, copier to experiment with the flexibility of the pattern
to connect and act as a modular unit.
Avoid symmetry, as we have learned it is an easier method for achieving
a design goal, and you want to challenge yourself. We know that symmetry
will be balanced and that it will work north/ south/east/ west. Do not
copy from your research but expand on the ideas and references. Develop
your own unique pattern/module from a synthesis of your AMICO Library
. After developing a successful pattern
and modeling it in clay, create a vacuum form mold.
Create 5 identical cast tiles 5” x 5”
Each side of the tile must visually and/or physically relate to all possible
combinations with other sides of the tile. Expert craftsmanship: care
in construction is a must.
Continuation: from one module to the next
Positional variations for the unit form
Repetition, rhythm, emphasis, punctuation
Positive and negative space
Dominance of form and pattern
Flexibility & limitations
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