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Geometric Paper Stitching

Personal Interest in Low-Tech Crafts Making
Lecture & Inclass [Online]
İstanbul Bilgi University, ComputationBased_BasicDesign
Distance Design Education
Multilayered Adaptation - Self Organizing Pattern
November 03, 2020

* a few geometric paper stitching samples shown to the attendees

* a potential combination that can be created by using  polygon shapes as square, triangle on a 40x40cm grid. 

I am interested in low-tech crafts making.  I like making by hands. I like weaving, stitching, knitting by using threads, yarns and strings, and I thought that for the multilayer adaptation and emergent geometry issues, stitching can be a technique since  it has a potential both to shift from 2D to 2.5D and to observe multiple interpretations based on part-whole relationships. In the workshop designed by me, students are supposed to create and observe emergent geometries by drawing and stitching. Layering, abstracting and geometric exploration will be the parts of the process. Students will observe their works in different scales, as the units, micro organizations with neighbours and the global whole as well.

Although the structure behind the works should be the same,  the whole pattern will change due to overlapping stitches and which threads are over and under. The simple two-dimensional shape is then morphed into more complex patterns in two and half dimension. Rich textures can be created by modifying line weights and colours. The series combines design with geometric presicion hand embroidery.

*Inclass works: Furkan Güneş, Serra Barlas, Maya Kalali, Seda Sankur, Jülide Özarıcı, Tulya Tolunay, Deniz Kantar

Following the inclass, in the studio time,  student are expected to examine the part-whole relations, repetitions and rhythm in their Self Organizing Pattern assignment. They should pick two (or more) adaptive units that have the structural and organizational relations. They should further abstract these units by drawing constructing the units geometrically. 

First,  they should produce two separate canvases of 35 cm x 35 cm, designing each canvas by using one of the units seamlessly on a transparent background. While organizing the units, they should bear in mind the part-whole relationship, edge-to-edge conditions, continuity, unity, repetition, rhythm, and variation. They can flip or/and rotate or/and scale your units. They will have one layer on each canvas and then overlap the canvases and observe geometries emerging from this overlapping. They should adapt two layers to each other to produce a multilayered whole.

By using their multilayered pattern as a base for geometric stitching and use two colors and different densities, they should arrive at further emergent relations.

*Studio Works built using the technique of Geometric Stitching 

Student: Deniz Kantar

Students: Jülide Özarıcı, Furkan Güneş, Buket Pamuk, Maya Kalali, Seda Sankur, Serra Barlas, Eya  Mahfoudh, Sara Khaled

*fold image: evelin kasikov
** Studio critics to the assignments are given together with Bahar Avanoğlu and Meral Erdoğan