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PATTERNS AND REPEATS

PATTERNS AND REPEATS IN DIGITAL TEXTILE DESIGN

Artists and designers have always been inspired by both the natural and man-made textures and patterns that surround them, and repeating patterns have formed the basis of most surface design in the decorative arts. It seems that we are instinctively drawn to designs that mimic the rhythms found in nature.

If a design is hand painted or drawn then the pattern may be made to change continuously, in the same way that ripples in water vary, and yet also seem to follow a predictable structure. In traditional mechanized printing, however, this kind of randomization is not possible and the exact repetition of motifs is an intrinsic part of the process. The introduction of digital ...

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