Archive for January, 2018

Temari in Ultraviolet, Safflower

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2018 by starhandarts

She’s big and beautiful at 45 cm. This ball is the January Temari Challenge project called, Safflower. This mentoring group is a wonderful and ”instructive island”. I started this project with the purpose of learning more advanced techniques and using a smaller thread. Both these areas make me doubt myself in several ways. Those being the advancement of skills and techniques beyond where my comfort level is snugged in. The ultraviolet color way is a continuing direction this year. It’s a great challenge in and of itself as it’s not a go to color for me. All this and more is why I like this group and having a mentoring format to work with, a place of openess,  encouragement and generosity. True delight in the learning by doing atmosphere that is offered.

Learning to read and puzzle  out what is actually happening and how it does so when the design direction is written in Japanese. Understanding line,  proportion and construction as well how color translates is huge. Trying different thread size and behavior is a welcome addition to the skills bag. Guess what? The smaller guage thread used in this manner is wonderful. 

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Temari in Ultraviolet

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2018 by starhandarts

The Pantone color of year for 2018 is Ultraviolet. I’ve made a start at a series that will be added to throughout the year.  The largest in the foreground is the newest and I’ve kept it more dominant in the colorway. It will be fun to see where the color takes me. It ”feels” different working this color. With Temari the ball is more or less in my face for the duration of the ball, so seeing the color is easy. To me the pallet is blue, violet, red. All those ingredients make the base. I do follow design directions of course, then again I don’t. For the big ultraviolet ball I wanted to try a structural marking I had never done before, something called S4–with extra guidelines. It makes a marking on the surface of 6 squares and 8 hexagons, all with equal length sides. It was quite easy to set the grid. In emphasizing the 4-6 combinations I kept to that beginning with the 1st layer of forms. The 2nd separate layer connects the centers of the 14 shapes using interwoven bands of color. To my eye it worked very nicely, both line and color. Something new for my tool kit.