Some of the symbolism I want to direct attention to, is a pattern language that has been lost to time, but speaks to a higher intelligence in nature. The reading of pattern languages was essential to the survival of our ancestors. Every mark means something – we just don’t receive the message on all channels any longer because survival doesn’t require it. I am interested in how these patterns are still expressed in nature and in the constructed environment, even though hidden in plain sight.

Nest & Tessellate logo; based on a tessellating pattern

The name ‘Nest and Tessellate’ relates to patterns in both 2 (tiling) and 3 (nesting) dimensions, which fit together to express something bigger than any individual component. These patterns can extend from any point outward toward infinite space or inward to the center of being. In search of meaning in pattern, I derive inspiration from macro- and microscopic photography, neolithic art, systems thinking and mathematical illustrations.

Fractal influence is something I see at work everywhere, including human interactions – now informed as much by social media as anything. It’s turtles all the way down, as they say. Accordingly, the shapes you see used in my logo are derived from an Overbeck Jet, which is a mathematical pattern that describes the flow of fluids around a solid. I hope to emulate this movement around my own obstacles in the pursuit of this work.

Nest & Tessellate logo; informed by the Permaculture Design Manual by Bill Mollison

“When we see how the branching of trees resembles the branching of arteries and the branching of rivers, how crystal grains look like soap bubbles and the plates of a tortoise’s shell, how the fiddle heads of ferns, stellar galaxies, and water emptying from the bathtub spiral in a similar manner, then we cannot help but wonder why nature uses only a few kindred forms in so many contexts….It turns out that those patterns and forms are peculiarly restricted, that the immense variety that nature creates emerges from the working and reworking of only a few formal themes”

                                                                                                                 – Peter S. Stephens ‘Patterns in Nature’


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