Reflected Repeats that Flow: using symmetry in pattern layouts

Sue Gibbins, Pattern Designer & Teacher

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15 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Welcome

      1:37
    • 2. Concept, Research & Sketch

      3:16
    • 3. Making Silhouette Motifs

      8:46
    • 4. Structuring the Flow

      1:49
    • 5. Live versus Manual Transformations

      2:06
    • 6. Manual Reflected Repeat Setup

      7:12
    • 7. Manual Reflected Repeat Layout

      7:03
    • 8. Live Reflected Repeat Setup

      4:58
    • 9. Live Reflected Repeat Layout

      5:37
    • 10. Double Reflect with Clipping

      7:33
    • 11. Double Reflect Complex Design

      11:18
    • 12. Reflect & Rotate Mandala

      9:12
    • 13. BONUS: Create a Nautilus!

      1:49
    • 14. Your Project

      1:10
    • 15. Wrapping Up

      1:28

About This Class

Hello! This class will focus on creating patterns with reflected elements. It’s geared towards designers with some knowledge of pattern-making already who want to learn additional techniques. In the class we’ll talk about both artistic and technical aspects of reflected repeats. We’ll discuss structures and layout techniques that help reflected designs to flow. And I’ll demonstrate some software tools, including transformation and live transformation. I will be demonstrating using Adobe Illustrator, but many of the concepts could easily be applied in other design software too.

For class you will need a method of constructing your pattern, such as Illustrator software or an equivalent that you are comfortable using. At a minimum you need to be able to create or import motifs, duplicate them, reflect them, and move them to a specific position. Adobe Illustrator is recommended as your chosen software for this class so that you can get the most out of the latter lessons featuring live transformations.

I’m excited to show you how to create reflected repeats that flow, so let’s get started!