Working with the same shape and repeating it, flipping it, scaling it or otherwise playing with it can be a fun way to make or use it in designs such as quilting. This book 1001 Symmetrical Patterns Book and CD: A Complete Resource of Pattern Designs Created by Evolving Symmetrical Shapes is an amazing resource for pattern manipulation.
Here are three examples of pattern work based on an ice cream cone shape.
This pattern used the ice cream cones pointing out. Pretty interesting what can happen with the same basic shape.
I highly recommend giving this shape altering technique a "spin"! :)
Artists, graphic designers, and craftspeople are always looking for new sources of inspiration and new ideas to incorporate into their work. This book is an extensive print and electronic library of symmetrical patterns in changing arrangements and colorways, inspired by traditional iconic motifs found in various cultures throughout history. The patterns are suited to many applications, including quilt, tile, fabric, jewelry, architectural, product, website, and graphic design. The enclosed CD-ROM allows the reader to reproduce, re-size, or otherwise modify all of the designs for his or her own purposes.
Jay Friedenberg is the associate professor and chair of psychology and director of the Cognitive Science Program at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. He is the author of several books and articles, including several on the topics of symmetry and perception.
Jacob Roesch teaches art and graphic design at Manhattan College. His work has exhibited at galleries through the United States. His portfolio is on view at www.jacobroesch.net.