Archive for November, 2017

Yamabuki Temari 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2017 by starhandarts

36cm. Isn’t it amazing how much difference color makes. I published my first Temari using this design last week. This one looks entirely different, that difference being colorway. It changed everything. The triangle that shows up inside every cube is a delight, the visual depth perceived and a simple dark outline as the last detail makes the cubes float off the surface. Thanks to the Temari Challenge /groups io folks for being there to answer questions and lend support, spark ideas and share the marvel of this medium. This colorway makes me think that periwinkle blue/violet is my new favorite color. Using Pantone Greenery again but just a touch.

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Temari Pantone Green 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2017 by starhandarts

29.5 cm. circumference, wrapped in a variegated green thread. 20 centers, each a linked triangle makes an overall design that I really like. Each time I have used this design formula for the surface structural marking it has pleased me. I like the pathway, the inter-connection at each ‘corner’. From both visual angles the eye is carried into a new path. I now feel that my choice to leave the pentagonal centers free of further embellishment is the best choice, just the hint of metallic thread is enough. It tickles the desire to keep going I admit, but the space does set off the dominant pathways and that feels just right.

Temari Copper Candy

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2017 by starhandarts


Warm taffy and chocolate  triangles, another entanglement pattern. 20 Inter-locked triangles, 36.5 cm .  I love the relationship and path of the triangle points as they inter-lock.  The filling of  the formed pentagonal centers is a new thought. I like the results but also think that I prefer the stark contrasts that were present before  this step. Something about the sharp forms surrounding the dense, unfilled but for structural line centers of the pentagons holds more appeal for me.  The quiet earth tones are a colorway  that appeals to me from time to time. This Temari will join a series of like pallet friends. Temari and beaded spheres have a diverse friendship in the Butterscotch Group. 

Pantone Green Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2017 by starhandarts

The newest Temari, 36.5 cm. It is the current Temari with the Temari Challenge on Groups io. A  line by line laying of thread beginning at the outside working all lines on both pentagons and hexagons in concert, hoping, praying that all the forms on the surface will arrive together at the (planned?) finish point. I think it worked, barely. This style of design development is very challenging for me. All the doubting voices seem to rise up as I progress. It’s very hard to tell what’s happening until at least halfway into the design. The cubes at the intersections work mostly but I had some space between as I approached the final rounds of each section. Choosing a color to bridge this “gap” interrupted the full integration of the cubes in my opinion, although ‘reading’ the cube is possible.

I chose this ball to also be my example of working with the ‘Pantone Green’ that is this years color of the year. I chose to pair it with several pinks and a dark green outline. In the close-up view it works but when viewed from much of a distance the pinks and paler greens become almost golden, at least to my eye.

Learning this amazing art form by the doing and shared expertise of those with more experience is a wonderful teaching format. I’m grateful to those who willingly share and guide graciously and generously.