• Most people immediately associate the word pattern(s) with printed fabrics such as plaids, stripes, florals, dots, etc.
  • Pattern can usually be defined as a design that repeats - the same motif appears again and again. Texture often repeats, but its variations do not involve the same regularities.
  • In a fabric such as burlap, or a textured wallpaper like grasscloth, the tactile nature of the material would be considered a texture, while at the same time, repetitive enough to be a pattern.
  • How, then, to distinguish between the two? If the surface of the composition arouses the viewer's sense of touch - it is a texture. If the elements simply provide a repetitive design that is appealing to the eye, then it is a pattern.
  • Patterns do do have to appear as if they have been mechanically produced (as in a fabric or wallpaper). Note that in the first example - our sense of touch is not provoked, but at the same, the decorative coloured elements repeated throughout the painting keep our eye busy and satisfied.
  • In the second example, the artist has produced a jigsaw-puzzle-like pattern. Again, very busy, and not appealing at all to our sense of touch.

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