Pen-Rose Tiling

Coming from a family of bad pun makers, this idea was irresistible; it combines a word game with a visual game. A Pen (a medieval quill in this case) and a Rose tile to make an enormous bouquet of Penrose Tiles. The perimeter of the tiling is a continuous linked row of pens, perhaps the tessellation is drawing itself, like Escher’s famous Drawing Hands.

While roses don’t present such a tessellating challenge as creatures with arms and legs, they do nicely bunch together, like florist’s roses wrapped in cellophane. And the entire print layout is quite rose-like too, with 5 large petals of tiling opening up.

Pen Rose detail

Pen-Rose print detail

Here in Singapore Hoya plants grow in the trees, a tropical relative of the humble milkweed. They form balls of closely packed pentagonal flowers, here is one from my garden, it has some close similarities to the tessellation:


Hoya Flower