Pattern making is a great design exercise. Using simple symmetric devices such as rotation, translation, reflection and glide reflection, students discover a sort of "magic trick". This homework assignment was to create a letter of their choice and it did not need to be from my alphabet.
The students had to experiment with the letter using the four above named symmetries and then they were to create a design and ink it in. The bold contrast between black and the white made the images all that much more compelling.
I love the variety in this design.
This design is made from a letter from the Burmese alphabet.