parts, parts and the whole

the relation between the parts and the whole is one of the important aesthetics aspects in the traditional and the classical arts. the geometrical islamic composition respects the mathematical relations -module- in the building of the unit and its composition, creating the pattern.

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in this project, the first phase was designing a geometric repetitive unit in a square outline. the square outline was subdivided into a grid of squares, the unit is symmetrical on one axe and repeatable -creates variable shapes when it multiplies- .

on composition1 level, square acts as a building unit, the part which creates the whole when it multiplies in a visual order.

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grid of squares, composition 1 = 12 unit 1 + 2* (0.5 unit 1)
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creates variable shapes when it multiply in different order

on composition2 level, which is the final lay out, composition1 itself as a whole becomes a building unit for a new larger composition.

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different compositions of the motif unit, composition 2 = n*unit 2 + n*unit 1

the final design conclusion is that whole = a quantity of part1 + a quantity of part2. where part2 is a composition of repetitive part 1.

hence, project title: parts, parts and whole.

the final design was executed in veneer mosaics, cut by chisels, and glued on plywood board. the veneer pieces placed in a careful order, to create different directional and symmetrical textures.

venge and teak veneer mosaics




the project was one of the graduation projects of abdallah ragab from the prince’s school of traditional arts; PSTA.


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