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"Mathemagical Design: Exploring Symmetries, Tessellations, and Fractals" with Jennifer Moore

Have you ever wanted to work with these wonderful tools for visual design, but been scared off by a lack of drawing or math skills? This workshop is for you! We will take a visual and intuitive approach to working with symmetry movements, tiling patterns, and fractals. Through a series of fun exercises using drawing, coloring, rubber stamps and paper cutouts you will create a toolbox of skills to use in creating your own designs, and go home with a new way of looking at the world.

Note: This is not a loom weaving class - it is all paper-based fun exercises!


By learning about and applying the basic movements of symmetry to visual motifs we can create beautiful and complex designs from simple beginnings. We will first build a library of symmetry patterns using rubber stamps. We will then create a variety of designs by using movement and repetition with paper and color.


Tessellations are interlocking shapes that fill the surface plane, a component common to weaving and other textile media. We will learn how to create tessellations with both geometric and organic Escher-type shapes. You will be amazed at how your design possibilities will expand by learning a few basic and fun skills.

Fractal Design:

A fractal is a visual design that breaks down into self-similar shapes at varying scales to create seemingly infinite designs. Although this may be somewhat daunting from a mathematical perspective, we can take a visual and intuitive approach to this concept with amazing results. We will learn some basic techniques for generating fractal designs and create a few of our own in both two and three dimensions, including a fractal pop-up.

Materials fee: $30, payable to the instructor.
A supply list will be sent to participants before the workshop.

About Jennifer Moore:
Jennifer Moore received her MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, where her area of specialization was exploring mathematical patterns and structures of music in doubleweave wall hangings. She has exhibited throughout the country and overseas and received numerous awards for her work. She has been featured in numerous publications and is the author of the recently released The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave. Jennifer lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and travels throughout the world to study weaving and teach workshops.

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Health Education Center Library
15107 Vanowen Street
Van Nuys, CA  91405
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Virginia Postrel
Guild Workshop
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