Silkscreen print on paper, 20" x 24", 2008.
Islamic star pattern based on a tessellation of a 54 pointed star surrounded by 9 and 18 pointed stars in a hexagonal repeat.
Nathan Voirol, 'CAD Drafter/ Freelance Artist', Santa Barbara, CA
"My primary artistic interest is in designing repeatable patterns – I particularly enjoy creating geometric star and floral designs, which stem from my fascination with Islamic art. Over the past ten years, I have studied the structures of star patterns in order to create my own, increasingly more complex patterns. I enjoy taking traditional forms and adapting them into lesser-used symmetries and compound or invented tessellations.
My approach to art usually starts with a “what if” question concerning a different way to construct a pattern. This leads to a process of exploration and problem-solving, which may involve sketches, the use of CAD programs, and even plaster-carving or simple mold-making along the way.
I enjoy using mediums that express the modular nature of patterns well.
These include ceramic tiles and silkscreen and linoleum-block prints,
all of which I create by hand. I feel this brings a more organic feel
to my work."