3rd International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art

Geometric patterns are found particularly in architectural works in different parts of the world, chiefly in Turkey. Valuable works have been produced in this special area where geometry meets art.

The Istanbul Design Center organizes a workshop entitled “International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art” in an effort to discuss multidisciplinary “Islamic Geometric patterns” in an international and professional platform, convene experts in the field to examine and raise awareness about the area.

Alongside the workshop is a group exhibition entitled “HENDESEN” to display practical implementations of these patterns.

The Istanbul Design Center launched out the program, first of its kind in Turkey, in 2013 with the theme “Historical Process and New Experiments” and drew the attention of a wide audience. The second workshop entitled “On the Trail of Seljuks” was held in September 2014 in Istanbul and in Konya with an intensive content.

The 3rd International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art themed “Patterns Applied on Stone, Wood and Ceramics” , which will be held in Istanbul and in Amasya between 24 September and 2 October 2016, sponsored by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and coordinated by Professor Mirek Majewski.

Purpose of the Workshop

Islamic civilization laid emphasis on mathematics and geometry to an extent unparalleled by any other civilization, which is evidenced by Islamic geometrical patterns that join and harmonize art and geometry.

Although there are numerous studies both in academic and sectoral levels in various parts of the world including chiefly Europe and the United States, Turkey has unfortunately not shown necessary interest in this area so far.

There is a multidisciplinary initiative on “Islamic Geometric Patterns”, considered works of genius both in mathematics and art. This initiative is carried out with a view to start a serious discussion in Turkey, the country of origin of these patterns, examine with local and international experts, raise awareness and pave the way for further projects afterwards. Following the third workshop held last  year, in an effort to lead the way for future programs, a bulletin that chronicles the entire process will be prepared alongside a book compiled with the presentations made during the events and articles on the topic.

Workshop Participants’ Profile

Undergraduate/ Graduate students of Architecture, Mathematics, Physics, Social Sciences, Arts as well as professionals interested in the field.

Technical Tours

To come up with specific evaluations, tours were organized to visit related works in Istanbul and in Amasya guided by experts.

List of invited speakers:

1. Miroslaw Majewski (Poland) 

2. Mohamed Ahmed (USA)

3. Imameddin Emiraslanov (Azerbaijan)

4. Akio Hizume (Japan)

5. Jean-Marc Castera (France)

6. Ameet Hindocha (UK)

7. Boris Aldridge (UK)

8. Hacali Necefoğlu (Turkey)

9. Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez (Turkey)

10. Seyed Masoud Mosavizade (Iran)

11. Hamidreza Kazempour (Iran)

12. Moones Rahmandoust (Iran)

Lectures and workshops by presenter:

Jean-Marc Castera

Lecture: Various points of view on geometric patterns (1 hour)

The goal is to show, through some examples, that there are many different manners to analyse and reconstruct a pattern, and that the important thing is to have its "key".

Lecture: Persian Variations (1 hour)

Pentagonal families of traditional patterns. The associated sets of tiles. The multilevel patterns and the question of self-similarity. Connections between the two main families. Proposal of a new family, and the relationship with the "X-Tiles".

Workshop: Handling with the tiles (2 hours)

Experimenting different sets of tiles, in Persian or Moroccan style, to understand the patterns by practice and create new ones. Duration: 2 or 3 hours, depending on number of students.

Workshop: A method of free-hand drawing (2 hours)

This method uses an approximation. What we lose in accuracy is gained in freedom. And because we perfectly know the correct shape of each tile used, it is very easy to go from the approximate design to the exact one. Duration: 2 or 3 hours, depending on number of students.

Miroslaw Majewski  (Workshop Coordinator)

Lecture: A mysterious geometric pattern in the Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul (1 hour)

Lecture/workshop: Panjara patterns (2 hours)

Lecture/workshop: Some XII century patterns in Central Asia (2 hours)

Lecture: From Khiva to Samarkand - a virtual sightseeing tour (1 hour, optional)

Imamaddin Amiraslanov

Lecture: Maze-like ornaments and tessellation (30 min.)

Lecture: Microphotography (Nanoart) of crystallizing (30 min.)

Workshop: Application possibilities of tessellations (1 hour)

Exhibition: Art exhibition of Tessellation and Nanoart images created by author.

Akio Hizume

Lecture: Quasi-Periodic Geometry for Architecture and Music (1 - 2 hour)

Workshop: Let's make Fibonacci Tile (2 hours)

Workshop: Let's play Fibonacci Kecak (music) (1 hour)

Boris Aldridge

Lecture:  Reinterpreting Kashan Lusterware (1 hour)

Workshop: Kashan Tiles. Pattern analysis and reconstruction (3 hours)

Workshop: Kashan Tiles. Vegetal and Animal motifs (3 hours)

Hacali Necefoğlu

Lecture: Islamic names and sacred phrases as geometric patterns (1 hour)

Seyed Masoud Mosavizade

Lecture: Designing techniques for surfaces adornment in Islamic architecture (2 hours)

Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez

Workshop: Two illuminated books from the Seljuk period (1 hour)

Ameet Hindocha

Lecture: Reinterpreting traditional arts through technology (45 min., including questions).

Practical geometric drawing workshop using traditional tools

Workshop: Variation of a design from the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Istanbul (2 hours)

Workshop: A tenfold pattern (2 hours)

Hamidreza Kazempour

Lecture and Workshop: Mu'araq Tile. Making a sample with a traditional Persian pattern (1 hour lecture +3 hours workshop)

Moones Rahmandoust

Lecture and Workshop: Painted Tile. Making a sample with a traditional Persian pattern (1 hour lecture +3 hours workshop)

Mohamed Ahmed

Lecture: Intersection of Technology and Crafts (1 hour)

General look on the new technology, techniques, and applications. Merging more techniques together = New Applications.

Lecture: Sand carving/ sandblasting (1 hour)

Showcasing stone and ceramics engraving step by step to create and finish your artwork.

Lecture: Laser engraving (1 hour)

Showcasing  wood, ceramic tile step by step to create and finish your artwork.

Lectures and workshops by type:

Lectures

L1. Persian Variations (1 hour), Jean-Marc Castera

L2. Various points of view on geometric patterns (1 hour), Jean-Marc Castera

L3. A mysterious geometric pattern in the Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul (1 hour), M. Majewski

L4. Maze-like ornaments and tessellation. Microphotography (Nanoart) of crystallizing (1 hour), Imamaddin Amiraslanov

L5. Quasi-Periodic Geometry for Architecture and Music (1 hour), Akio Hizume

L6. Reinterpreting Kashan Lusterware (1 hour), Boris Aldridge

L7. Islamic names and sacred phrases as geometric patterns (1 hour), Hacali Necefoglu

L8. Designing techniques for surfaces adornment in Islamic architecture (2 hours), Seyed Masoud Mosavizade

L9. Reinterpreting traditional arts through technology (1 hour), Ameet Hindocha

L10. The development of modern products inspired by Islamic Art (1 hour), Julian Molina

L11. Intersection of technology & crafts ( 1 hour), Mohamed Ahmed

L12. Sand carving/ sandblasting. (1 hour), Mohamed Ahmed

L13. Laser engraving. (1 hour), Mohamed Ahmed

L14. Printing & sandcarving on ceramic tiles, wood, and stone, Mohamed Ahmed

L15. Islamic-rooted geometry applied to modern design (1 hour), Julian Molina

Lectures combined with workshop or workshop only

W1. Handling with the tiles (2 hours), Jean-Marc Castera

W2. A method of free-hand drawing (2 hours), Jean-Marc Castera

W3. Panjara patterns (2 hours), M. Majewski

W4. Some XII century patterns in Central Asia (2 hours), M. Majewski

W5. Application possibilities of tessellations (1 hour), Imamaddin Amiraslanov

W6. Let's make Fibonacci Tile (2 hours), Akio Hizume

W7. Kashan Tiles: Pattern analysis and reconstruction, (3 hours) Boris Aldridge

W8. Kashan Tiles: Vegetal and Animal motifs, (3 hours) Boris Aldridge

W9. Workshop on two illuminated books from the Seljuk period (1 hour), Asiye Kafalıer Dönmez

W10. Mu'araq Tile Workshop: Making a sample with a traditional Persian pattern (4 hours), Hamidreza Kazempour

W11. Painted Tile Workshop: Making a sample with a traditional Persian pattern (4 hours), Moones Rahmandoust

W12. Variation of a design from the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Istanbul (2 hours), Ameet Hindocha

W13. A tenfold pattern (2 hours), Ameet Hindocha

W14. Let's play Fibonacci Kecak (music) (1 hour), Akio Hizume

3rd International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art Videos

3. International Workshop On Geometric Patterns In Islamic Art Opening Speeches

Masoud Mosavizade - Designing Technigues For Surfaces Adornment in Islamic Architecture

Prof. Dr. Imameddin Amiraslanov - Kristalleşmenin Mikrofotoğraflanması 1

Prof. Dr. Imameddin Amiraslanov - Kristalleşmenin Mikrofotoğraflanması 2

Prof. Dr. Imameddin Amiraslanov - Kristalleşmenin Mikrofotoğraflanması 3

Mohamed S. Ahmed - Intersection of Technology and Crafts

Hamidreza Kazempour and Moones Rahmandoust - Making a Sample with a Traditional Persian Pattern

Asiye Kafalıer - Workshop on Two Illuminated Books from the Seljuk Period

Moones Rahmandoust - Making a Sample with a Traditional Persian Pattern

Akio Hizume - Quasi-Periodic Geometry for Architecture and Music - Let's Make Fibonacci Tile

Miroslaw Majewski - Panjara Patterns

Jean-Marc Castera - A Method of Free-Hand Drawing

Jean-Marc Castera - Various Points of View on Geometric Patterns

Boris Aldridge - Kashan Tiles: Vegetal and Animal Motifs

Ameet Hindocha - Reinterpreting Traditional Arts Through Technology

Ameet Hindocha - Variation of a Design From the Sultan Ahmet Mosque

Miroslaw Majewski - A Mysterious Geometric Pattern in the Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul

Hacali Necefoglu - Islamic Names and Sacred Phrases as Geometric Patterns

Boris Aldridge - Reinterpreting Kashan Lusterware

Jean-Marc Castera - Persian Variations