3rd International Workshop on Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art
The 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 organized a workshop titled “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 subject.
Alongside the workshop is a group exhibition titled “HENDESEN” to display practical implementations of these patterns made by international artists and designers.
The Istanbul Design Center launched 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 unde theme “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” was held in Istanbul and in Amasya between 24 September and 2 October, 2016 sponsored by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and coordinated by Professor Miroslaw Majewski.
Purpose of the Workshop
The 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 in 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, to examine with local and international experts, to 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.
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:
Lecture: Various points of view on geometric patterns (1 hour)
Through some examples, was shown 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 the tiles (2 hours)
Experimenting with 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)
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.
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)
Lecture: Reinterpreting Kashan Lusterware (1 hour)
Workshop: Kashan Tiles. Pattern analysis and reconstruction (3 hours)
Workshop: Kashan Tiles. Vegetal and Animal motifs (3 hours)
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)
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)
Lecture and Workshop: Mu'araq Tile. Making a sample with a traditional Persian pattern (1 hour lecture +3 hours workshop)
Lecture and Workshop: Painted Tile. Making a sample with a traditional Persian pattern (1 hour lecture +3 hours workshop)
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:
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 workshops 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