Repetition and Difference
Singapore

Asia is home to a rich tradition in textiles and patterns. Many traditional patterns are named for elements which are highly important to the culture, such as fertility, nobility or ancestor stories. In these traditional textiles the interaction of the pattern with the technique creates distinctive expressions. For instance in the ancestor figures in Ikat weaving in Sumba, or the palm flower or fruit in the Kawung batik motif made from a copper chop or stamp. Abstraction, repetition and geometry play very strong roles in these traditional textiles.

Recent research in geometry has revealed the mathematical structure of the universe contains many wonderful and beautiful new geometries, such as fractals and aperiodic tiling. While they are complex to create and difficult to calculate, our eye easily delights in the combination of repetition and difference in these patterns.

WOHA have pursued these fields as an ongoing research project for over 20 years, and have found fertile creative inspiration in facades, tiling and artwork.