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These studies began a long time ago and derived from an interest I have always had in mathematics in general, and geometry in particular.
Recently I came across a couple of studies that were among the first I carried out; some others have been lost and some are in private ownership.
This type of design is not uncommon, a variety of continuous lines being easily drawn and being suited to a design that interweaves. There are a number of patterns used to produce interlocking tiles, and this is just one of them.
Again the basis of the design is four-point geometry set out from the centering horizontal and vertical lines and then just repeated as far as is required.
It illustrates how readily adaptable these geometric designs might be.
That is all there is of those early studies but, having had to reconstruct them quickly, it may well spur me to see how one or more of them might be developed as suggested in the sketch immediately above.
It is placed here to show something of the concentration that goes into study of this character of geometry as well as the accuracy I tried to maintain in drafting.
Nowadays, drawing with computer programmes, there are still inaccuracies, but they are easier to deal with than when drawing with ink on paper.
I believe I never went over any lines twice as that had a considerable effect on the outcome.The setting out is easily established, being based on four point geometry, the diagonal lines are all base on joining intersections with themselves and with the horizontal and vertical centering lines.It’s a clever construction but one that would have been easy to set out.The pens have a circular nib and have to be held approximately vertically.
Where there is a change of direction of the line it is difficult to create a sharp corner.The underlying pattern does not have to be drawn in as much detail as I have shown, but there was something contemplative about this type of drawing that encouraged me to produce similar over-complex constructions, and that can be seen in many of the sketches on these pages.