Geometric Designs in Architecture and Textiles Revisited and Reconstructed Through Layered Planar Geometry

Benigna Chilla
Meeting Alhambra, ISAMA-BRIDGES Conference Proceedings (2003)
Pages 401–406


My purpose is to show how I use two-dimensional geometry to reconstruct existing designs that I have found in architecture, pavements and textiles. I layer surfaces, isolate movements and recreate a new design, which will now appear like an optical illusion or three-dimensional design in space. The inspiration through existing patterns gives me a clear understanding that only with the tools of math and geometry can we remember and reconstruct freely. Through the order of repetition of these forms a new design is created and the original departure might not be evident. The biggest challenge for me is to revisit and then reconstruct these sometimes complex, simple, and ancient designs.