Image by means of graphics

The graphic design of Cecilia is the work of the engineer, Giuseppe Camerini, the founder of the Vineyard, which he managed for more than ten years.

The formal harmony of graphic has been formed not so much by symmetry but by an underlying mathematic principle. Several examples can be found in the ‘I marmi’ farmstead but here we limit our description to the first design, on which later labels have been based. A motive was originally based on three systems of non periodic tiling, made by the famous physicist and mathematician, Roger Penrose, comprising six geometric shapes, including three apparently equal pentagons.

Each figure is to be viewed with a pair of joints and each male must only join with its corresponding female joint. Thus, a non repeating yet infinite pattern is generated.

It is not difficult to do, simple trial and error placing the shapes until the final pattern was found; but this begged the question “like this, could the pattern go on for ever” A question without an answer. So a precise aim was proposed, no more joints; but using a theory of composition which, if applied, guarantees the coupling prescribed. Patterns like this can be made using computer graphics. However with these the pentagon is first subdivided, whereas the label for Cecilia is freer, whilst complying with the theory.

Anyone interested in a complete analysis of Penrose’s systems should refer to the book, ‘Tilings and patterns’- W.H. Freeman and Company, page 531 onwards.