Stripes, Grids and Checks considers the nature of lines and assemblies of lines, including stripes and grids, as well as related phenomena such as checks, tilings and patterns, regular and irregular, repeating and non-repeating. A wide range of examples are drawn from urban and rural environments, at the macro and micro levels, in land- and cityscapes, buildings, and other designed constructions, compositions and objects.
Considered conventionally, checks, periodic tilings and regular patterns owe their compositional arrangements to an order imposed by an underlying grid structure. The intention in this book is to analyse, explain and illustrate the nature of each design type, to identify the structural (or geometric) similarities between each and to show how the manipulation of various underlying grid structures can provide innovative compositional frameworks for artists and designers.
The discussion is richly illustrated with 400 black and white images and an eight page colour section.
Michael Hann holds the Chair of Design Theory at the University of Leeds. He is Director of ULITA - An Archive of International Textiles, UK, and has held invited appointments at institutions in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Pakistan, China, Belgium and Indonesia.
1. Introduction 2. Fundamentals (lines and stripes) 3. Enclosed figures (regular polygons and circles) 4. Dynamic rectangles 5. Grids, natural and manufactured 6. Checks, plaids and tartans 7. Tilings, 8. Patterns 9. Analytical frameworks 10. Compositional frameworks 11. In conclusion. Sample student assignments and exercises Bibliography, References and Endnotes