Pattern and Repeat Systems

May 5, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
AS220 Printshop
Lucie Way
Providence, RI 02903
Brian Whitney
401 831 9327 x 201

Thursday, May 5, 6:30-8:30pm Cost: $40

The use of imagery and motifs in repeating pattern offers infinite possibility in art and design. Recent advancement in digital tools has made pattern creation easier, but does not necessarily result in dynamic design. In this workshop students are introduced to principles of successful continuous surface design. Students begin by hand drawing elements of interest and then manipulate the drawing into a singular unit that is ready to be duplicated into a seamless repeating pattern. Use of color is introduced and colorway sampling may be created as time allows. Discussion and exploration of scale, direction and movement, along with troubleshooting unintended secondary patterning of striping and spotting, complete the process.


Textile and installation artist Joy McLaughlin can’t help herself when it comes to exploiting material. Her process assumes that all material has the capacity for manipulation and transmutation by relying upon the material itself to divulge its intended evolution. Earning a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design allowed her to push this exploration through traditional textile methods of weaving and silkscreen. Her work places emphasis on societal and environmental issues through the use of pattern and repetition which creates visual competition between the individual and the whole. Joy has received multiple awards and grants including those from The Art Student’s League of New York, Rhode Island Foundation and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of venues in California, New York City and New England. Joy currently resides in Providence, RI with her two rabbits Tiramisu and Rothko who inspire her every day.

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