Repetitive Motions

Art & Design

With the natural world as peerless inspiration—think zebra stripes, flower petals and ladybug dots—it may be little wonder that repetition has long been an effective visual device in art and design.

Examples of repeated decorative motifs date back to prehistoric pottery and early textile prints, through to mid-20th Century wallpaper and Andy Warhol silkscreens. The human eye, it turns out, is pleased by the order, balance and symmetry in patterns resulting from a single element, artfully repeated.

In the built world, patterns and repetition have an obvious appeal, both aesthetic and practical, be it in the form of meticulously measured floor tiles, or exactingly applied roof shingles. But amid these more glamorous features lie mundane ones—temporary  fences, window grills, park benches—which too, upon closer inspection, may be vital contributors of beauty and harmony where ugliness and chaos may just as easily reside.


Photo credits:  Promila Shastri

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  2. James O'Brien

    May 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Hello Promilia,

    I really enjoyed your photographs and have used one as my banner on my band Darling James’ facebook page. I wanted to let you know and if you are unhappy about this let me know and I will remove.

    • Promila Shastri

      May 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Hello James. Not a problem at all; you’re the second band that’s cottoned to one of my pictures; maybe I should be considering a sideline career, hah. One thing, though, the ideal dimensions for Facebook cover photos are 851×315 pixels, or else the photo will stretch to fit, causing resolution issues, as demonstrated by your FB page. I’ll email you with suggestions to mitigate this issue ;)

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