As I began my exploration I drew tartan and square grids as shown below. I started with drawing to familiarize myself with patterns in 2D space.
Transferring these grids into 3D space offer some interesting compositions. However, these planes seemed only to work through one or two repetitions only. I soon realized these grids had no opportunity to scale or expand and a more modular solution was necessary.
By simplifying the grid into a more repetitive pattern, I was able to repeat more successfully as shown below. The forms began to create intuitive ways of connecting with one another.
At this point in the project I was able to see the grid represented as a whole of repeated planes rather than separate connections that felt as if they were forced to interact. I began to understand that the 2D grid is easily understood because it naturally expands and one is able to continue the pattern established.
The solution shown above looks complex to the eye, however I was able to establish this form using only four cuts per plane. This dynamic of simplicity and complexity is what made this final form successful. The repetition is further exemplified by using five planes of material. The odd number creates a feeling of motion and eccentricity within the piece as if the piece desires to scale, to continue the pattern.