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By SEF

Maths, science, computing and music specialist with side interests in dancing, font design, celtic knotwork etc

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Description:

A tessellation of a donkey and an elephant.

Head-to-head and rump-to-rump: a tessellation of a donkey and an elephant. The immature elephant squeals in frustration, with trunk upraised and ears flapping, while the smugly stubborn donkey sits back on its haunches and refuses to budge. Currently displaying a version in 3 main shades each of red-pink elephant and blue donkey (with lighter and darker accent details).

NB for Spoonflower's non-ruler-squashed version of the image, see the embed link. Other colours, stylings, sizes and orientations are available on request and you can even ask for a combination of several designs together.

See also:
plain-repeat grey version (NB not exactly the same tessellation)
more mammal designs
other tessellations
design index

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susiprint

susiprint says: I have not seen this before!.How clever you have made this repeat. Great work!

Posted almost 3 years ago.

garimad...

garimadhawan says: I love this!

Posted about 4 years ago.

inscrib...

inscribed_here says: Congratulations on placing second, Sef!

Posted about 4 years ago.

juliagr...

juliagrifol says: congratulations,so original!gorgeous repeat!

Posted about 4 years ago.

spellstone

spellstone says: Congratulations - nice print!

Posted about 4 years ago.

loopy_c...

loopy_canadian says: Congratulation on top 10. I voted for you!

Posted about 4 years ago.

victori...

victorialasher says: Congratulations on second place.

Posted about 4 years ago.

mag-o

mag-o says: Congratulations on top ten!

Posted about 4 years ago.

greenmy...

greenmyeyes says: Delightful tesselation -- I fell in love at first sight

Posted about 4 years ago.

demigoutte

demigoutte says: Congratulations !

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I was only pretty sure by the start of the weekend. Now I just need a rabid republican and a devoted democrat to get together without killing each other and have a baby, so that they need to decorate a nursery appropriately ...

Posted about 4 years ago.

cassiopee

cassiopee says: Congratulations! I was sure this design would reach the top 10!!! :-)))

Posted about 4 years ago.

ottoman...

ottomanbrim says: Congratulations! Flawless!

Posted about 4 years ago.

theoberry

theoberry says: congrats!!!

Posted about 4 years ago.

cjldesigns

cjldesigns says: Congratulations on top ten Sef! That is an amazing tessellation!

Posted about 4 years ago.

amy_g

amy_g says: Congrats on your contest placement......awesome design!!!! :o)

Posted about 4 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Tight tessellations almost rule Sef - congrats on second place - and it looks great in the fabric too!

Posted about 4 years ago.

wiccked

wiccked says: Congratulations!!!

Posted about 4 years ago.

bippidi...

bippidiiboppidii says: Woot! Congrats on second place Sef!

Posted about 4 years ago.

evenspor

evenspor says: Congratulations!

Posted about 4 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: Congratulations on 2nd place, Sef! Locked in their tightly tessellated embrace, your donkeys and elephants look very cute!

Posted about 4 years ago.

heather...

heatherdutton says: Congrats on winning 2nd place this week!!

Posted about 4 years ago.

darci

darci says: Fabric of the Week (Donkeys and Elephants) Contest Top Ten!

darci uploaded a fabric image for sef's design eledonk 1c in 3x2 :

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Posted about 4 years ago.

candyjoyce

candyjoyce says: Congratulations!

Posted about 4 years ago.

clotild...

clotilda_warhammer says: Your tessellations are amazing! How does your brain figure that out? Wow!

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: Thanks all. 2nd is certainly my highest placing here (I had a 3rd some time back). Since I'm not particularly prone to doing cutesie designs, this one isn't likely to have much competition on that count, inscribed_here! :-D

Posted about 4 years ago.

kirpa

kirpa says: Congratulations for your second place!!!

Posted about 4 years ago.

shelley...

shelleymade says: Well done Sef!

Posted about 4 years ago.

lucybar...

lucybaribeau says: Bravo for the 2nd place, it is beautiful !

Posted about 4 years ago.

cherish...

cherished_dreams says: congrats on second place :)

Posted about 4 years ago.

alfabesi

alfabesi says: You must be a fan of M.C. Escher. Congratulations on 2nd place

Posted about 4 years ago.

ebygomm

ebygomm says: Congrats on placing number 2

Posted about 4 years ago.

retroru...

retrorudolphs says: Congrats on 2nd sef!

Posted about 4 years ago.

robyriker

robyriker says: Congrats on 2nd!! Such a cool design!

Posted about 4 years ago.

inscrib...

inscribed_here says: This might just be your cutest design ever. I like how neatly you arranged their ears.

Posted about 4 years ago.

wren_le...

wren_leyland says: Great fit. Changing the colors slightly was a great way to keep it moving.

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: People also apparently hadn't read the description text telling them that it wasn't exactly the same tessellation! :-D <br> <br>I think I'd stay far away from a political pyjama party myself. Too many of those people are badly enough behaved in public and quite scandalous in private.

Posted about 4 years ago.

bippidi...

bippidiiboppidii says: Sef ... this now way back in the comments down there - but I've done a lot of sewing classes over the years, including tailoring, and I've always been taught that it is best practice to cut all fabric pieces in the same direction, regardless of print, so bi/multi-directionality doesn't phase this sewist. Despite this, I know it's a common practice to cut in different directions, but I just had to say that... so - a pyjama party for US pollies? All go, I reckon!

Posted about 4 years ago.

candyjoyce

candyjoyce says: I also thought that the grey version was merely an alternate colourway as I hadn't noticed the subtle differences. After a bit of flipping back and forth I have figured out where the differences are! Either way, I still really appreciate your use of tesselations.

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: It's not merely a grey colourway of exactly the same design. It's a subtly different tessellation in order to get the single set of 3 colours (grey!) to work properly. Perhaps I ought to make it into some sort of spot the difference test. There's a similar thing with some of my aeroplane ones.

Posted about 4 years ago.

robyriker

robyriker says: Very nice! The animals are cute, and they fit together so well!! I like the gray colorway of this too!

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I was deliberately aiming for cute rather than controversial - since, as glimmericks noted, politics is a very tricky topic to touch. This particular one is probably of less use to me though, since I'm not in the US and it's not a normal UK combination of critters.

Posted about 4 years ago.

weaving...

weavingmajor says: wow, you're my tesselation hero! this is amazing! and they even look cute on top of fitting together on top of being recognizable as the actual animal. I've tried to make tessellations, with moderate success, but my brain obviously isn't suited to it like yours!

Posted about 4 years ago.

glimmer...

glimmericks says: I come from a long line of Dems on my mom's side in Pennsylvania. Although my dad was a Republican who held a local office, my mom was on the local Democratic committee so it made for interesting dinner conversations. Will never forget the day my mom was driving me to register to vote and she said how proud she was to have another Democrat in the family. When I turned to her and said, "Democrat?" she threatened to stop the car and make me walk 15 miles home. As she stood beaming in the local courthouse offices, I stuttered "D - D - D - D - Democrat" when they asked what party I wished to register with.

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I find I'm still disturbed at the possibility that you (or anyone else) might be on pyjama-sewing terms with multiple politicians ... :-o

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: Thanks, bippidiiboppidii and glimmericks. Unfortunately, it doesn't meet the bidirectionality criterion that some people have for ease of making clothing - but upright animals do tend to look better upright than upside-down (ie rotated).

Posted about 4 years ago.

glimmer...

glimmericks says: The skill and humor that has gone into this are top notch. The colors and puzzle-like tesselations make it a good candidate for a child's room or dress, or even for very cool pajamas for your favorite politico. I found this theme to be particularly challenging given the strong partisan feelings it can evoke. Bravo for such a charming and imaginative solution.

Posted about 4 years ago.

bippidi...

bippidiiboppidii says: Fantastic, Sef, this is really beautifully executed and displays a rare skill for this kind of work. Your description is also wonderfully illustrative. Love it.

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: Perhaps you'll find that making them gets easier with practice instead. Though, that doesn't help much if you don't even have time to practise!

Posted about 4 years ago.

mag-o

mag-o says: I would be disappointed if a software program required you to just press a button to solve the riddle of putting what you want into a tessellation such as this. I do think computers and design software aid people tremendously to have the opportunity to apply their creativity without having to know exact mathematical formulas however. The book makes no implications towards software as solution to creating or understanding such designs. How boring would life be if we all had magic buttons!! :)

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I have the reverse problem. My brain generates these things too fast for my drawing time to keep pace. And they form only part of my massive backlog of designs. :-o I think there are enough computer programmers as well as software engineers out there now that writing software is regarded as considerably less amazing than it used to be, though. ;-) However, I still don't have any magic buttons for you or other people to press to do the designing/thinking part for them. I hope that book doesn't imply that there ought to be some. Overall, too many people want magic solutions for everything ... :-/

Posted about 4 years ago.

mag-o

mag-o says: I love your tessellation designs! I have made only one thus far and am anxious to do more but my brain requires far too much time than I have to complete them. I do have a wonderful book INTRODUCTION TO TESSELLATIONS by Seymour/Britton that helps tremendously. Designing your own software is quite amazing! Keep inspiring us fledgling tessellation groupies!

Posted about 4 years ago.

wiccked

wiccked says: this is really clever!

Posted about 4 years ago.

kirpa

kirpa says: Original, clever and FUN!!

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: Thanks, people. I don't use any tessellation program at all, as such. It's all my own brain. Though, <u>after</u> designing things, I do then do some of the rendering for here using my own custom-written software (to put the right lines and curves at the right angles onto a bitmap with sufficient accuracy at the requisite size) and I also code some of my designs as motifs for another piece of my own software (which used to have the tessellation base name but probably isn't what you'd understand as a tessellation program now and which got renamed by me long ago to "pattern" after other people started writing tessellation programs for people who couldn't do the design work themselves).

Posted about 4 years ago.

scifiwr...

scifiwritir says: ooh so nice. What tesselation program do you use?

Posted about 4 years ago.

melimiliá

melimiliá says: Clever and original design!

Posted about 4 years ago.

weaving...

weavingmajor says: well done!

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: I'm not given to videoing myself; but it basically involves a pencil, some paper (perhaps surprisingly little of that - and even of time for the basic planning stage, unlike the eventual pretty rendering!) and a deep understanding and knowledge of the available symmetries. It seems my brain just naturally works in strange ways, though. It helps if I like the subject of the tessellation (eg to appreciate what are the important identifying features of it) but, paradoxically, it can be a problem to love it too much (so that I'm unwilling to compromise on it).

Posted about 4 years ago.

candyjoyce

candyjoyce says: Superb. I would love to watch your design process for your tessellation work.

Posted about 4 years ago.

sef

sef says: That's just one variant (and was actually planned weeks ago). I've been unbelievably short of time to render anything else thus far - even much older things in the backlog. I keep getting hit by rival deadlines and problems from all sides which require urgent attention instead. I need a horde of minions ...

Posted about 4 years ago.

pond_ri...

pond_ripple says: Sef, you have really outdone yourself with this one!

Posted about 4 years ago.