Tuesday, October 16, 2007


When does a pattern start to emerge? How many repetitions does it need? And how is it with complex patterns, sometimes things not resembling each other makes "it" happen.
Does many things of the same type always create a pattern ?
How does the brain sort the images out, is it because we start to see a new object, a pattern instead of singular objects? Do the objects need to be small or do we see patterns even when there are just three of a thing standing in a row?

When do you see the object and when do you see a pattern? Place a comment!

by EH

Picture1. Leaves
Picture2. A pillow
Picture3. Strawberry tart
Picture4. Lilies of the valley
Picture 5. Lions
Picture 6. Pots in a row


EH said...

My own answers

Picture1. Leaves-yes, a pattern, if I think about it.
Picture2. A pillow - A pattern for sure
Picture3. Strawberry tart-Nope just tasty
Picture4. Lilies of the valley- Yes a pattern
Picture 5. Lions- I never thought of them as a pattern
Picture 6. Pots in a row- always seen a pattern in this picture

LS said...

Question: Can two make a pattern?

Now I am going to bed, more comments tomorrow...

EH said...

Answer to LS: Yepp, if they walk around in the snow...hihi

two objects? No i didn´t think so, prove me wrong.

LS said...

I am sure two things can make a pattern, just think of ying-yang. I think patterns are in the eye of the beholder too. I can see patterns just by comparing two things, like two plants and two insects, or two mountain ranges. It doesn't have to be repeated more than two times. And what some people call a pattern, others call noise or chaos. Just think about fractals - extreme patterns out of randomness and chaos theory.

Olle said...

The cake is a cake of course and not a pattern. It looks wonderful and very good!

LS said...

I agree - cake is not a pattern. But then other cakes are pattern cakes!

LS said...

What are those things on the little shelves on the wall?

O.K. said...

My spontaneous thought on the subject is that a pattern, as I see it, isn't just about repetition but also about symmetry. Predictability if you will. However it isn't this that makes it a pattern interesting, something that strives against the predictability is needed to make it dynamic and worth to ponder over or to be caught by. A little like a human drummer compared to a perfect timed drumming machine, the interest is kept with the human with his/hers small (in)voluntary variations. I posted this picture to test where the border lies between a pattern and randomness lies. I'm not sure I'd call that pile of boxes a pattern really, but it has that feeling of a tendency of breaking up a pattern that I find compelling. What do you think?

Ok, so here's my very quick answers to your questions, without thinking too hard about it:

1. Yes.
2. Yes.
3. No. Repetition yes, symmetry no.
4. Yes, but could be enhanced without the window which breaks up the tendency, both with the lions and the vertical boards.
5. Yes, a clear repetition and tendency here.

O.K. said...

Whoops, skipped the cake (My number three is the lilies).

Cake: No pattern.