Thomas Tomasska

Thomas Tomasska

This is Thomas Tomasska’s design on a card:


#015: Sketch #3

Thomas Tomasska

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.”[1]


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:

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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

Sequence – Drawings


To practice my own drawing techniques i need to copy, by eye (and/or measurements), other drawings so my hands and eyes can learn the flowing curves of drawing sculpture. I chose these drawings to copy because i knew they were relevant to my future practice; i was attracted to the complexity of the structure, knowing that somehow these drawings are representations of nature.

These drawings are my copies of Richard Deacons own drawings:



Geometry is most often regular and symmetrical; this bouquet of flowers are all made up of the same flower therefore the pattern representing this geometrically would be perfectly symmetrical. But, why? Why should they be regular when nature itself has made them so irregularly beautiful? The pattern of each individual tulip would be the same. But why? Clearly they are all different.

Pretty soon, I learnt to look at nature to interpret it, here is my interpretations of these flowers, first they are unnaturally regular, then is the proper representation of a bouquet: star-sculpture1015

This is perhaps going against the very rules of geometry and the Natural order, but I have my own interpretations which I believe to be geometrically accurate representations of a bouquet of flowers.