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A wintry corner of interlace

Object number: ROMGH.1998.31.3

Type: Poster

Material: Ballpoint pen, Paper, Pencil

Width: 83.4cm | Height: 53.4cm

Production date: 1948 - 1968

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George Bain was extremely interested in the use of continuous line interlace borders. He saw the same design used in Romano-British mosaic floors. So he copied elements of certain mosaics into several of his teaching aids.

This example is from part of a mosaic at the Chedworth Roman villa in Gloucestershire. The border around ‘Winter’ uses a single continuous line. He explains the technique for achieving this in a four sided interlace border on another poster. The principle is based on having an odd number spacing on just one side of the design. But he doesn’t give the specific solution for creating triangular shapes.   

Author: Alastair Morton

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