Authors

Caitlin Sammons

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Year Completed

2018

Abstract

2018 Pattern Research Project

Caitlin Sammons – Fruit Tree

The Pattern Research Project involves research and analysis of contemporary patterns found in the textiles and wallcoverings of the built interior environment. Patterns use motif, repetition, color, geometry, craft, technology, and space to communicate place, time, and concept. Through this research and analysis, built environments - their designers, occupants, construction, and context - can be better understood.

Caitlin Sammons, VCU Interior Design BFA 2021, selected the Fruit Tree pattern for the 2018 Pattern Research Project. The text below is excerpted from the student’s work:

“This textile, made in 1961, was heavily influenced by the 1960’s op art, color and geometry movement. As Girard started to build the pattern, he played with multiple iterations beginning with shapes and geometry, then studies shadows, then colors and finally develops different iterations of his final studies put together. In this iteration of the motif the colors used are grays, red, yellows, and greens. During this time period these colors were very prominent. The op art movement brought symmetry and color inspire an illusion of movement or three dimensions. The branches on top of the fruit imply dimension through layering and they lead the eye around every fruit (the shapes) that implies a vertical linear pattern gridding for the repetition.”

Geometry

Circular, Rectangular

Color

red, yellow, green, white, orange

Craft

printing, weaving

Material

Cotton, Mohair, Rayon

Function/Use

textile

Pattern Design Era

Op Art Movement

Design

Alexander Girard

Disciplines

Art and Design | Interior Design

Department

VCUarts, Dept. of Interior Design

Date of Submission

10-25-2019

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Pattern Research Project: An Investigation of The Pattern And Printing Process - Fruit Tree

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