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updated thu 2 nov 00


Frank Gaydos on tue 31 oct 00

You have just reminded me about a wonderful plaster workshop we held this
summer, taught by Larry Donahue from The University of the Arts here in
As an intro project Larry taught the students how to make a 'Tessellated
Tile' ala Escher.
In it's simplest form a tessellated tile starts out being a square. To
'transform' it, requires no more than 4 steps.
1. replace the top line of the box with a zigzag line, end to end, keep it
2. replace the opposite line with the same exact line. They will be
3.4. Do the same for the sides of the box, as a variation use a S curve,
again, keep it simple. (Shallow)
What you should have now is a box shape with two sides zigzagging and two
What this does is create a self nesting figure. The zigzags will nest up and
down while the curves will nest left to right. Like spoons.
The Escher program provides nine variations for far more complex
'Translations', including 'Rotations' and 'Transformations'.
and will show the design 'on the fly'. And then print it out for you with
different tile sizes and colors.

Here is a good example of tessellated tiles:
Also do a search for tessellated tiles, there are loads of sites out there.
This is an excellent site:
with many links.

An asidetessellation as tessellated tiles while doing a search . I only found the
above web page, pwehrman, because she and I misspelled the word. Here is an
artist with wonderful work but not too many folks will see it when they are
searching for 'tessellated tiles'. It does make a difference to spell

Larry also taught the students how to cast any and everything dead or alive
(fruit and veggies) with the result of having some wonderful teapots.
If you are looking for a very good workshop leader this summer , Larry is
your man. He was tireless and patient.
Subject: Escher/owls/teapots/coils

Thanks to Diana and Frank, I've ordered the Escher program. Can't wait.

Frank Gaydos