Almost always, when we walk on a tiled floor, we are treading on a tessellation. The simplest floor tilings or tessellations are created by repeating the same shape over and over again, covering the floor without gaps or overlaps. Artists use geometry to create tiles with unique shapes.
About 50 Cape Breton rug hookers took on the challenge of creating almost 100 unique pieces that showcase tessellation. We didn’t have to look far for inspiration because tartans and many quilt patterns, so familiar to Cape Bretoners, are forms of tessellation. The exhibit includes new tessellations of fish, birds, flowers and leaves; there is even a beehive. Also featured are adaptations of the ancient mosaics which inspired Dutch graphic artist MC Escher who, in turn, influenced our rug hookers.
Hooked on Tessellation will be on display from September 14 – October 31, 2017. This is a once-in-a-lifetime unique opportunity to experience the meeting of fibre art, geometry, and Cape Breton culture.
For more information, contact Holley at 902-270-7491 or HOLLEY@CAPEBRETONCRAFT.COM.