3. Circular fashion


When I first took a look at the outcomes of this project, i liked the ones that created by the interlockings of simple shapes, it remind me of the lines and shapes in visual design system in Islamic art. Therefore, I started my research with the geometry of islamic art. The definition of "Aniconism" is the avoidance of images of sentient beings in some forms of Islamic art, which is based on the blief that creation of living form is God's prerogative. The stunning patterns are simply made of repeated squares and circles which are overlaping and intersecting with each other.I am wondering what if I use materials with transparency to create patterns like Islamic art.I called my Saudi friend who is an archetect. We looked through some books together. The book Islamic Geometric Patterns has step by step instructions on how to create the patterns, and how to combine them to make very ornate patterns.

I like how decorated Takchita are. Takchita is traditional Morrocan garment that worn for celebrations. I am taking the ornate-looking part of it and replace the traditional embroideries by laser cut. pictures from marriage-blog.blogspot.com. ceremonie de mariage au maroc

Geometric tiling

I watched a video about the infinite pattern that never repeats. Robison tile: 6 pattern create pattern by subdivide pentigons. : 5 fold symetry. simplify the tiles. bumps, notches, over lapping two pattern on each other and find the pattern. aperiodic tiling.

the penrose tiling. paradox: infinity of versions. golden ratio appear "phi"

crystal structure: made of repeating unit. basic unit. bravais lattices. penrose tiles.

I just started researching about the repeating patterns.


I feel sort of inspired by the math and magics of the pentagon.So I am going to print some pentagons and see if I can create some interesting shapes from that.

I also foud that I unintentionally did "Rhombus tiling"

Inspiration Jules Bourgoin: analyze islamic art.

Wang tile: 11 tiles to create endless none-repeating pattern.

I began my interlocking patterns by

Playing with organic shapes

I prefer using geometric shape because the repeating pattern creates the stiff blocking look on garments. but i did some floral shapes.

Geometric shapes in Rhino

I also tried to use rhino as the base of design

I did this geometric pattern in rhino.

Laser cutting

I did some research on materials. I want something with flexibility, holds shapes, with transparency, and wearable.

Fabric sample


I think it will be nice to use materials with transparency because in Islamic none-figuritive patterns are created by intersacting lines

The look. The color inspiration is from the Iranian Mosque Narir ol molk I drafted pattern. I made a really basic shape. I would develope a better shape with more details if I had enough time. I made repeating patterns for printing my own fabric. I useed silk.for the bodice(none-see-through part)

I tested several different fabric to cut. the best i can get from stores near by are Latex+tulle combine. I try to use 3D pen to get the sturdy frame but it is so hard to draw straught lines with it. Latex cut really well with laser.

Latex was a bit oily after laser cutting. soap works well but made it stickier.

Final Look


My friend who is still in Fashion school is working on her senior project.Her concept is a distopian science fiction world where there is a pandemic. Her idea is 0 waste and no sewing. Here is the drape she made. I plan to make no sewing glove to attach to it to finish the look. Will update if there is any furture progress!


Randellhintze. Ceremonie De Mariage Au Maroc, 1 Jan. 1970, mariage-blog.blogspot.com/2016/03/ceremonie-de-mariage-au-maroc.html.