This is Thomas Tomasska’s design on a card:
#015: Sketch #3
The geometric patterns on these professional hand-made cards are influential for my practice to say the least. Thomas says he creates geometric patterns using influences derived “… from such disparate subject-matter as the frosty roof of a Nissan Micra, French street signs, tent toggles and squashed toads, these ideas have all been incorporated into my book designs, taking form along their own natural route, just as the potential for other, fragmentary aspects of my creative practice – elements of collage, drawings, thumbnail sketches and doodles – is fulfilled by their assimilation into book form.”
The thinness of the line, the reflected patterns, and the opaque lines in the background are all alluding to a picture of steadfastness and humility for the peaceful heart. I think it reveres the notion of ‘a simple life’; living harmoniously around nature at a time when global warming is a threat and a war is going on silently somewhere [or everywhere else] in the world. The silent background is but a smudge on this canvas while the reality is that 70% of the world is developing, as 30% with the stronger darker lines are wasting resources that could be used for better purposes.
When I first saw these prints I immediately recognised the similarities within my own work. As I first drew a doodle with my pen, I saw a potential repetitive pattern formed in a circle that influenced me to create these:
To the left are the doodles I repeated using tracing paper to create the patterns.
These patterns are from the same drawing shown on the right; despite these being from the same original pattern/doodle the continuity of the lines look almost completely different. One looks very closed and geometric while the right one looks open and more free and tranquil and more steady.
Thomas’ business card