Max Cooper and Jessica In collaborate on ‘Penrose Tiling’ inspired T-shirt

This stunning design has its root’s in Max Cooper’s video ‘Penrose Tiling’. Designed by Jessica In with code that refracts and tessellates the Penrose pattern in ways you will never have seen before.

“The project started during my Yearning for the Infinite album where I was looking for ways of rendering the aesthetics of the infinite. One approach I came across was a special tiling system created by the mathematician Roger Penrose (of recent Nobel prize fame), which is an aperiodic tiling system that can tile an infinite plane without repeating.

I was lucky to find an artist with a mathematical approach to design who could tackle this problem visually, Jessica In. She created a beautiful music video wrapped around 5 sides of a cube for total audience immersion, and her design was so strong we decided we had to make a tee from it, but we weren’t sure how to pull it off given the nature of the design.

Musically, I applied the same aesthetic to match that of Jessica’s design and the underlying idea but instead using prime number loop lengths for all patterns in order to maximise on the aperiodic form rhythmically. The resulting combination of patterns would take around 2 months before starting to repeat, so not exactly aesthetically infinite as with the visual format, but a pretty close estimation without having to go into using irrationals to shift timings as would be the more literal equivalent. Then I used that structure and the visual aesthetic to express the more human side of the music as felt fitting. All of that stuff doesn’t matter though if it’s not of interest, the reason for all of this was to try and make something beautiful using the tools of nature.” – Max Cooper

The shirt is made from super-soft custom printed 100% cotton fabric, that is then cut and sewn into the distinctive shirts, in both a men’s and women’s fit. You can buy the t-shirt here.

About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.