Timelapse geometric drawings for the Qatar National Library

Earlier this year the Qatar National Library opened a new permanent exhibition of artefacts from it’s Heritage Library collection. I was commissioned to make three timelapse videos demonstrating the construction of geometric designs featured in particular artefacts, to be displayed alongside the original pieces. In order to create the films I analysed and reconstructed the three designs and then produced these timelapse films demonstrating how the designs could have been constructed using the traditional tools of ruler and compass. It was an incredibly satisfying challenge which allowed me to incorporate a wide range of skills into one project.

The videos are currently on display the library and the exhibition also features books, manuscripts, historical photographs, maps, globes and travellers’ instruments that tell the story of Qatar, along with the history of science, literature, writing, travel in the region, and much more.


AV collaboration with Ali Wade

These are the fruits of an audiovisual collaboration between Ali Wade and myself. The music is by Ali taken from his recent album Geomorphology on the Frequency Domain label. The visual element is a shapeshifting collaboration of techniques between Ali and myself, combining freeform monochrome ink and chemical experiments with slow-moving geometric structures and transforming them into a tectonic whole.

Exploring geometric tilings with ruler and compass

blue-mosque-tilings-by-ambigraphInspired by Professor Miroslaw Majewski’s exploration of the pattern above left, seen at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, I have developed a practical ruler and compass construction method which allows for the creation of a set of tiles which can be configured in numerous ways, giving rise to a whole range of patterns. Working through this method gives an insight into how a subgrid of regular polygons can underpin the construction of Islamic patterns and provide us with a key for the development of further patterns. (more…)

Ambigraph at the 3rd Annual Workshop on Geometric Pattern in Islamic Art, Istanbul


Over the summer months, I have been beavering away on a new body of print work created by relief printing from lasercut tiles. The shapes of the tiles arise from different symmetries and result in different vocabularies of form which can be configured into a rich language of pattern. The prints above are all available for sale in short limited runs of between 5 and 10 prints.

I’m also very pleased to announce that I have been invited to speak at the 3rd Annual Workshop on Geometric Pattern in Islamic Art at the Istanbul Design Centre starting on Saturday 20th September. This provides an ideal opportunity to present this project and the resulting prints, as well as giving an insight into the process I have developed.

In addition, I will be teaching two pattern drawing workshops which involve creating geometric patterns using the traditional tools of ruler and compass.

There are some great speakers, not least Jean-Marc Castera whose incredible tome Arabesques has been a great influence on this project. I’m very honoured and excited to be involved in this event. Many thanks to Mirek Majewski for inviting me and for supporting my work.


istanbul geometry workshop 2016

Synaesthetic sound and image by Semiconductor Films

I recently had the pleasure of attending a screening at the Tate Britain featuring work by Semiconductor Films. The duo have been a big inspiration for me in terms of moving image and sound but I hadn’t heard what they’d been up to since their residency with NASA. It was insightful to hear them speak, however briefly, about the ethos behind some of their work. (more…)