NEW STUFF: Mike Maloney's "Ghosts" make a wonderful Halloween banner. There's a new ambigram in town: "OHIO". In time for Hanukkah 2012, we've got a dreidel tessellation that fits in nicely alongside our menorah tessellation art. Danger!Awesome, a new woodcarving shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is making lovely, inexpensive versions of classic M. C. Escher tessellations in laser-carved wood. Four ambigrams join the art in my non-tessellation gallery. Alfred Meyers III, shows us his tessellation of elephants and another of dragons; Areolfos did a dragon tessellation too. My latest tessellation is photoshopped angelfish theme tessellation art made from photos of Thai toys woven from long palmtree leaves.
For a more complete list of our newest stuff, click here.
Tessellations here mean symmetric designs featuring animals, toasters, persons, etc, which can fit together in repetitive patterns like simple jigsaw puzzles. These fill a surface, usually a 2D plane, without gaps or overlaps. Brick walls, tiled floors and walls are all tessellations. You can see example tessellations at the top of every page in this website.
On these pages is information about all aspects of tessellations. We have their history, do-it-yourself tessellation lessons, and galleries of examples by school students, guest artists, the webmasters Seth and David, and of course M. C. Escher, the pioneer of the art.
This site is a dedicated art site, not requiring much math. Math teachers, don't be forlorn. We do show a smidgen of introductory geometry: polygons that tessellate. As M. C. Escher said, "Mathematicians go to the garden gate but they never venture through to appreciate the delights within." Let me put that another way: you're missing the fun if you use a microscope to enjoy a merry-go-round. We have a little simple geometry in the lessons and explanations, but nothing as fancy as the serious adults' math-oriented tessellation websites.
If, as a result of your visit, you venture through that garden gate and hop on that merry-go-round, please send us your tessellation art for inclusion in the guest gallery.
TEACHERS - This whole site is entirely suitable for young children.
Tessellations.org was Yahoo's 'Pick of the Week' on Feb 15 2004.
TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, and ARTISTS - This site is actively seeking art, lesson plans, and tutorials from guest contributors. Contact us.
SCHOOLS - Recently, many schools have asked to have their students' artwork put in a school gallery here. Yes, we'd be happy to post your class's tessellations in a "school gallery" on www.Tessellations.org. Here's how you can make it happen.
Posters, Postcards, Jigsaw Puzzles, Mugs, and Magnets
We sell reprints of some of webmaster Seth's art online through "dA galleries".
Click here to visit that online art store. We will try to post a clickable link to the store next to each tessellation available in the store. Those links look like this:
Please enjoy the site - Seth