A Computer Aided Generative System for Polish Traditional Tilings Design


Decorative tilework, known also as tile art, dates back thousands of years. Different types of tiles decorate the world's oldest temples and mausoleums with precise details and eye-catching colors. They are clearly distinctive from mosaic art, which is based on the use of a huge amount of, usually small, irregular elements. In the case of tiling, the elements used are usually larger and much more regular, they can consist of a certain number of tiles or just one. While popular in many cultures, specific tiling patterns with distinctive features developed separately in different parts of the world. During the interwar period in Poland (1918-1939) a distinctive type of tiles called “corset” became very popular. Corsets arranged in intricate patterns form elegant tileworks. The aim of our research is using modern technology to help preserving this unique cultural heritage as many original tileworks disappeared as the result of war, postwar rebuilding and modern urban development. In this paper rules of a visual language that can describe specific tiling patterns characteristic for corset tiling are defined. Then, a system for automatic generation of tile pattern designs, which is based on these rules, is proposed. Using this system the user can design corset patterns taking into account historical context, architectural harmony or artistic imagination. We not only want to preserve the living patterns of heritage, but also to propose them as an element of modern interiors, where they can perform a decorative function and beautifully separate functional spaces in modern open-plan apartments.

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Barbara Strug, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Grażyna Ślusarczyk, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

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Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Aesthetics and Design

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To cite this article:
Strug B., & Ślusarczyk G. (2023) A Computer Aided Generative System for Polish Traditional Tilings Design ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2436-0503.2023.19
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2436-0503.2023.19

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