Unfolding history and the universe
Beginning with a single point on an empty plane, the unfolding of each geometric design belies the hidden order of the universe. The deep potential of this symbolic act of creation was realized in ancient times by designers and craftspeople across the world. The artisans of the medieval Islamic Empire (7th-13th centuries CE) developed an unmatched school of aesthetic design based on geometric principles of symmetry, proportion, and self-similarity. Spanning east from Spain and Morocco to Egypt, Iraq and Syria, Persia, Afghanistan and India, a confluence of cultures fostered virtuosic expressions of geometric art in virtually all media - painting, sculpture, textiles and rug making, book making and sacred text illumination, architecture, tile work (zellíj), and wood working. Accessible to anyone with three simple tools - pencil, compass, and ruler - even to this day, centuries old patterns draw the eye, intrigue the mind, and stir the soul. A puzzle solved backwards, to analyze these designs one must tease out the unseen proportions holding the pattern together. Once the solution is found, the artistic illumination falls to the hands of the craftsperson. Each piece in the JTgraf(x) collection starts from a single point on a page, and provokes a meditation on the mathematical principles which at once bind together the universe, and underpin our perception of beauty.