Richard Hassell

Net V Limited Edition of 12

Net V has a strong rhythm, of close-spaced vertical bars interspersed with wider spaced bars. It creates the illusion of diagonals and a pleasingly irregular dispersion of elements. After resting the eyes on it, pale horizontal lines of various lengths flicker in and out of the view, and diagonals start to appear.

Net V is based on an unusual space-filling curve, where the tiles are only ever oriented up or down, but never rotate 90 degrees to the left or right. The prototile knots have quadruple threads on the left or right and double threads on the remaining sides, which creates this strongly rhythmic pattern.

It was not an easy net to solve, as introducing the warp and weft threads ended up with islands being formed, so a series of swaps had to be made to twist the islands back into the single path.

  • Conservation Pigment Ink print on Bamboo Awagami Washi paper
  • 118 x 84 cm
    (46.46 x 33.07 in)
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