Strange Creatures: Complex Tessellations

Published November 2016

Available online from Books Actually

ISBN 9789811111174


The book was launched on December 3rd 2016 at the Strange Creatures exhibition closing event.

This book is a hardcover, 128 page book on Richard Hassell’s tessellation artwork and research.

The book, while it is a standalone volume, is designed as a companion to M.C. Escher’s book Regelmatige vlakverdeling, which was published in 1958 by Stichting De Roos (The Rose Foundation) whose aim is to make books solely for the pure love of typography and art. You can see below it is a perfect match for Escher’s book on the left:


The book size and grid is the same, and the layouts echo the older book, but with a more contemporary feel:


In the book, Richard Hassell’s investigation into tessellations, at the intersection of science, mathematics and art, continues the work started by Escher.


The introduction discusses the motivations and findings of the art. The book then shows tessellations based on various complex geometries, including aperiodic tilings, quasicrystals, fractals, plane-filling curves and infinity tilings.


For each design, the story behind the art is discussed, and details of the geometry are shown, together with other reference materials.


Inspiration pages are printed on tipped-in tissue paper, adding to the crafted quality of the book.


Richard’s sketchbooks are shown, as well as the relationship between the art, Escher and the architectural practice of WOHA.


The book comes in 3 versions:

Collector Series: Signed, numbered, with a limited edition print with hand-applied gilding – 55 copies.Available through Walker Fine Art.

Limited Edition Series: Signed, numbered and with a signed limited edition print – 144 copies. Available through Walker Fine Art.

Standard Series: Unsigned, Un-numbered, no loose leaf print. Available online from Books Actually: Book Actually online shop


The limited edition print is a special version of Frog Star, loose leaf, held in by a strap at the back of the book. The gilded version has gold leaf applied to the frogs by hand in Central Java, using traditional textile craftsmen.