While researching different ways to create repeat pattern, I came across this really simple, quick and effective way! I will be trying this out with a design of my own.
1. Draw a design.
Start in the middle of your paper. You can use any size, but I’d recommend 8.5 x 11 to give yourself plenty of room, plus that’s probably the most handy. Use a pen since it will photocopy best, or start with pencil and trace over your lines. Make sure to distribute an even amount of solid color, which will help with visual consistency in the final tile. Most importantly, do not touch the edges of the paper!
2. Cut, flip, tape.
Cut your drawing in half. (I know, this is scary! You can do it. Remember you can always copy, scan, or photograph your original for safekeeping.) Consider using an exacto knife for a clean cut, but scissors are fine, too.
Once you have your two piece, flip them so the original outer edges touch, back to back. Then, tape your two halves together. Tape on the backside so your drawing stays clean.
3. Repeat: cut (the other way), flip, tape.
Rotate your page, and cut it in half again (the other way, so that the two cuts form a cross). Flip these two new halves, and tape them back together. Again, the tape should go on the back.
4. Draw in the blank spaces.
Since your design is now on the outer edges, you’re likely seeing a big blank space in the middle. Fill it in! Draw in all the empty bits and finish your drawing. As before, don’t draw on the edges.
When you’re done drawing, step back and admire your work. This is your repeat tile. Isn’t it beautiful?
5. Copy, copy, copy — and assemble!
Now that you have your tile, the possibilities are limitless! You can photocopy it and assemble it for wallpaper, book covers, posters, or gift wrap. You can add color or embellishments. You can scan it and bring it into Photoshop or Illustrator for final touches. Maybe you digitize it for your desktop or phone background. Most importantly, have fun.
Carina Ubeda, from Chile collected blood from her menstrual cycle for 5 years, then using embroidery hoops, she displayed 90 pieces of soiled cloth, embroidered the words ‘Production’, ‘Discard’ and ‘Destroyed beneath each stain, and set up and exhibition at the Center of Culture and Health in Quillota, the cloths, which Ms Ubeda used instead of tampons or pads, are presented as ‘an abstract image’, her work represented the menstrual cycle.
Like Casey Jenkins, Carina’s reasons for dong this work is similar to my own, her thought on this closely relates to what I spoke about in my Dissertation regarding female body empowerment, our reasons for decoration, exploiting, exploring our bits being an example of women showing who is in control of our bodies.
In an article featured in the daily mail about her exhibition she says;
‘We can create life,’ she said. ‘[These comments] are a little expected of men, however, some of the female comments fill me with sadness.’
And Silvana Sáez added: ‘Male blood is celebrated for being brave while ours is a shame.
‘This won’t change until we release our body as the first stage of political struggle, repression and male power of centuries.’
Her comments are in response to some of the comments left about her work, some calling it ‘Disgusting’, ‘Why would anybody want to see this?’, people have gona as far as to say ‘Oh my….that is disgusting! I do not have a degree in art, but I’m still sure it’s not art!!’ and commenting that Carina is ‘one sandwich short of a picnic’.
I do see the controversies in art such as this, having your period is as natural as breathing air, it may not be beautiful to look at but who said art has to be beautiful! It;s the meaning behind the work that people aren’t seeing because society has forced a feeling of shame an embarrassment on things as natural as our human form!
It is the divine passage, womb or sacred temple. The word covers a range of meanings, including: place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable.
Donna Norton does vaginal casting as an art form, she moulds and sells the casts, to which you may decorate yourself or have cut into a specific shape.
She explains her interest of Yoni casting;
The female form has always been a subject for artists who are fascinated with the curves, folds and beauty of a woman’s body.
I started incorporating the Yoni into my artwork about 10 years ago as I explored body casting techniques and found that I could create the artwork that I wanted to by using plaster moulds, alginate and clay. My work is inspired by nature in all its forms so I love being able to combine the human form with the natural textures of leaves, ammonites, stones and tree barks.
The Science of Penis Casting
The Casting Process
The mould release (Nivea Creme)
The moulding compound (alginate)
Dry plaster bandage
Wet plaster bandage
Making a good bond
Removing the mould
The first plaster layer
More plaster layers
Smoothing the plaster
Peeling off the bandage
Peeling off the alginate
Removing alginate residue
My chosen theme is eroticism, I want to design a collection of pillows suitable for a more adult audience. My theme has been developed through my dissertation which talks about tattooed women making a statement about their bodies and who owns them, from this I researched erotic art. I will be looking at both the male and female body but will concentrating more closely on feminine images.
To produce a collection of designs and set of pillows, inspired by erotic art and aimed at a broad age market of 18-40+. Due to the nature of my designs I will staying away from the hight street and be designing for independent brands. I intend on creating my designs and collection by using various print techniques, possibly incorporating some stitch and using body casts and clay models to design from.
- Research – Artists who specialise in eroticism, prints, drawing, sculptures etc
Adult themed interiors and furnishings
- Sketch Book – using a range of mixed media, produce a body of drawings and mark makings.
- Colour – Choose a colour pallet that is on trend for s/s17.
- Repeat – Produce repeat designs and samples successfully using croquis.
- Techniques – Create my deigns and samples using various print techniques, specifically lino, screen print, heat transfer and digital print. I also want to use techniques within these such as resist and fabric manipulation.
- Make genital casts and clay models, use for drawing and final display.
- Display collection appropriately and professionally for exhibition.
I want to use my theme to celebrate the body and sexual exploration, to use my personal style to express myself through my designs. Throughout my degree I have developed my printing skills and want use these to produce my designs to a high quality standard. As this is my last project I would like to do something I haven’t done before so I’m going to experiment with clay and body casts and moulds as part of my research and development.
- Moodboards – colour, theme.
- Research File.
- Sketchbook showing ideas and design development including any loose drawings or mark makings .
- Prototypes and samples (inc selection of mounted ones)
- Final collection of designs and pillows
- Statement on design collection
- Postcards and Business cards
- Social Media