Joshua Singler


Defining the Constants.

I’m trying to wrap my head around the complexities of the everyday to begin to develop my own understanding of its inner workings. Early in my research three words that are continuing to pop up are layers, rhythms and patterns. I am purposing that everyday life is comprised of these three things. More specifically; the everyday is comprised of two types of layers–rhythms and patterns. 



/ˈpadərn/ • noun or verb

  • a repeated decorative design.

  • a model or design used as a guide in needlework and other crafts.

  • a form or model proposed for imitation : EXEMPLAR

  • a natural or chance configuration


/ˈriT͟Həm/ • noun

  • a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.

  • the systematic arrangement of musical sounds, principally according to duration and periodic stress.

  • a regularly recurring sequence of events, actions, or processes.


/ˈlāər/ • noun or verb

  • a sheet, quantity, or thickness of material, typically one of several, covering a surface or body.

  • a level of seniority in the hierarchy of an organization.

  • a person or thing that lays something.

  • a shoot fastened down to take root while attached to the parent plant.


What I’ve started to hash out between iPhone notes and pen and paper: 

Patterns & Rhythms:

  • At the point I’m viewing Patterns/Rhythms as very similar things.

  • I believe that the one difference between them would be that a pattern can be perpetual but also remains and maintains a certain fixed level of repetition whereas a rhythm would have an eventual ending and rhythms have the potential of variance within themselves and their evolution.


  • I’m viewing layers as additions to patterns and rhythms. For instance, each semester of my Master’s would be a “layer”, within each layer (semester) I could pull out certain patterns that I repeat throughout each semester that are inevitable, things that I would continue to do whether or not I was studying, things that I always do.. and within each layer (semester) I get into rhythms, certain structures that balance variety and repetition to create strong, regular movements.

Joshua Singler