I am a full-time graphic designer studying the MA in Graphic Design (Online) at the University of Hertfordshire. This is my Research and Enquiry blog, intended to explore my chosen keyword: geometric. Specifically I will be looking at geometry in contemporary art and design, in spiritual art, in nature and the world around us, as well as in my own work.
I am interested in how geometry is used to create pattern, symmetry, and definition, and also how it is used to create mood and imply meaning (rather than using text). Geometric design has risen in popularity in recent years, from logos and artwork comprised of mathematical shapes, to complex mandala and tangle designs, and I would like to find out why and what it is about geometric shapes and patterns that appeals to so many designers.
I first became interested in concentric and geometric patterns when I spent three months in Southern India in the year 2000. When I arrived in Tamil Nadu I experienced the Pongal Festival, a four-day long harvest festival which is an extremely important Hindu celebration. Many people draw kolam designs on the floors of their houses to bring good fortune and give thanks. The patterns are usually drawn in coloured chalk or rice powder. This was my first obvious exposure to mathematical shapes used in spiritual art.
In recent years mandala designs have become popular, particularly across image sharing sites like Instagram and Pinterest. I find the art of creating mandalas relaxing and have dabbled in digital and hand drawn designs. This is a type of design that I would like to explore further, and discover new ways of incorporating them into my work where they give meaning and significance. Many people see repetitive patterns as a way of stress therapy. This has given rise to the term and drawing style Zentangle, another form of drawing where repetitive shapes create complex patterns. I will also explore repetitive patterns and geometric formations used as art therapy, specifically in practices such as origami.
I also plan to explore naturally occurring geometry; for example: honeycomb, leaves, shells, spiderwebs, snowflakes, wind-blown sand dunes, fractals found in geodes.
I am available for hiring for graphic design projects. My online portfolio is at J. Oliver Designs.
Published Short Fiction
The Machinists’ Boy, at Youth Imagination Magazine, 2016. YA sci-fi.
Shuffle, at Kaleidotrope magazine. 2015. Dark fantasy / horror.
Death Car Alley, at Jersey Devil Press. February 2012. Dark fantasy.
The Thinning, at Fifty Word Stories. December 2012. Micro-fiction, horror.
The Clockmaker’s Heart, at Nanoism. December 2012. Micro-fiction, steampunk.