The Silver Ratio, though less well know than it’s shiny cousin, has similar mathematical properties and hence can be used to generate a highly flexible grid structure.
After an introductory, contextual slide show exploring the proportional qualities of the Silver Ratio and their relevance to pattern design, we will construct a master grid using ruler and compass.
Then we will construct a range of Islamic geometric patterns with a different focus in each session. Every pattern will use the same master grid for it’s construction, demonstrating how they are intimately connected through common proportions.
The patterns we will draw fall into three categories:
One- and Two-piece patterns from the Alhambra;
Variations derived from the Star & Cross pattern
(Breath of the Compassionate);
Carved stone jaali screen designs from Mughal India