I was having a problem with patterns. Oriental rugs, tile floors, printed curtains, things like that. Supermarkets were especially bad, because of the long, hypnotic checkerboard aisles. When I looked at these things, I saw other things within them. That sounds as though I was hallucinating, and I wasn’t. I knew I was looking at a floor or a curtain. But all patterns seemed to contain potential representations, which in a dizzying array would flicker briefly to life. That could be … a forest, a flock of birds, my second-grade class picture. Well, it wasn’t–it was a rug, or whatever it was, but my glimpses of the other things it might be were exhausting. Reality was getting too dense. Something also was happening to my perceptions of people. When I looked at someone’s face, I often did not maintain an unbroken connection to the concept of a face. Once you start parsing a face, it’s a peculiar item: squishy, pointy, with lots of air vents and wet spots. This was the reverse of my problem with patterns. Instead of seeing too much meaning, I didn’t see any meaning.
i wanted to start composing decorative earthworks in my minecraft server, so i put together a couple patterns in pikopixel. they generally take a stack and a half of blocks per color, and a day or two of build time. colored clay looks dramatic, but diorite sunk into grass is also pretty nice.
also if you want to use them as a mini cross stitch i bet that’d look good too!