The latest sphere in the Geometrics group is 9” diameter,73.7cm. circum. The skin is made from heavy Ultrasuede, using 12 pentagons and 20 equilateral triangles. The ribbon follows the structural lines that define this sphere configuration. The metal medallions came from a belt acquired many years ago. When I think on how many times I’ve tried to give that belt away, thinking lighten up/purge stuff/give away, I’m delighted to have found a manner in which it serves well. And of course that it was still waiting in the wings for it’s moment to shine. It does too, as the faceted jewels on the surface give a lovely sparkle as light passes by. Hand stitched throughout.
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Springs pink, ochre and aqua weaving efforts came together well here. At 32 centers, 6.75” diameter, 56.5cm. circumference, her presence shines through. C 10 mark in the wide banded pentagonal grid is dominant. The triangles weave under, over and between the band bodies. A first time for me in splitting the primary bands rather than using a laid space to do so. It was inspired by Temari SJ11 from the Temari Kai pattern base. Those 5+3 figure combinations that the C 10 mark provides seem to be an infinite source of design possibilities. The use of an ombre Nordic Gold metallic marking thread really made a wonderful sparkle as the light dances over the surface. It game me more experience using double strand #5 as well. Oh yes always learning and practicing those basic skills, using them on new and more ambitious projects. Thank you to all the Temari guides and gods for their assistance in every stitch taken.
C 10 Temari structure, Icosidodecahedron. 11” diameter. 89.5 cm. circum. Wool felt skin, ribbon trim, beaded medallions. Beaded Temari Ball. I wanted to get bigger again. To me size does matter. The presence that travels with the big spheres really blows big wind up my skirt.
I listened to a documentary while working this ball, about Seymour Bernstein. A gifted teacher and music composer. His relationships with students of all disciplines was brilliant, his guidance spot on. One of his quotes, “I never dream’t that with my own two hands I could touch the sky”. These words touch me deeply as I feel the same about the creative manifestations that pass through my hands and enter this realm, our 3D world. Repeatedly I feel this same gratitude and reverance with every piece of hand work that appears before me.
I began this thread ball after looking at one of Nana Akua’s works, many times. Over the last 6 months I pondered what the mark was, overall size and just how or if I was thinking I understood what needed to be done. Looking at a photograph on the net certainly inspires but……. Yes it does look lovely but it’s not the whole of what Nana’s ball shows. So what did I miss? I didn’t end up with enough territory between the pentagonal forms to do the design shown on her piece. Drat! I completed anyway using something that both fits and works.
Did I need a bigger mari? Smaller thread size? Different marking grid? I wish I new just what to do for next time. I really want to complete this Temari using all the elements she put together. It is 45.5cm. circumference, using #5 perle cotton. A C10 that becomes 32 centers with 10 mark lines on the pentagrams and 12 lines at each hexagon.
I tried the 5 sided rose pattern for the first time with this ball and feel good about the results, even though perfection is a ways down the line the overall design elements work well together.
Every Temari it seems teaches a new dimension about every step along the path to completion. Where to leave and where to take away certainly. Tension. Using the eye and mind to center and place points rather than always pinning everything came together more with this piece.
Surely happiness is being in the middle somewhere with each sphere made.
Learning new skills and techniques has given me a needed boost in confidence in the Art of Temari. More complex, better ability to construct the marking, easier method of locating the 12 centers of the C10 starting mark. Adding all the extra guidelines and adjusting the many new centers so that they are all uniform and balanced around the sphere. These are huge improvements and they open up the medium to all that follows making the creating of new work in all design ways easier and clearer. Each of these attributes will show up in all new projects. The online tutorial, offered by Barbara Suess is a wonderful learning tool. Her guidance has been of great benefit several different times now, each addition of new skills and know how improves my work and provides deeper understanding into this art form. This ball is 43.5cm circum.
Working with a colorway of lower contrast is of interest as well. I love the bold and bright high contrast vibrating colors but using a softer color progression pleases the eye and sense of rightness for me. I thought I had finished the ball last night, something was not quite right, but what. I went into the center of each 5 star center and added a small dark star and the result was just the needed detail. Learning these things along the way for all artists is common. It is for me in other mediums too. The willingness to look at the ‘thought to be finished’ piece and realizing ‘not quite yet’, perhaps not knowing what that last final touch will be can be the most important move. I guess that’s true about most everything when I think about it.
Last winter the Fire and Ice Series came into being. Now there is a new member to that group. She’s big and beautiful at 56 Cm. circumference. Now that size came with it’s own challenge. Wrapping a Mari at that scale is its own party. Starting round and keeping the roundness takes time and patience. Patting, knocking, bumping, rolling, they all came into play. Slow down and just be the spherical mentor is perhaps the main guide. Let it happen, open the mind and heart to the process and perfect roundness follows, mostly. The ultimate question became when is that moment of “got it”?. Step back, go for a walk, read a book, watch a movie, come back to the ball before me.
The creation of this one came in the midst of a long space away from the studio as centering place. The weeks of ‘will I ever find my own rhythm again’ are done I believe. I have kept studio time central above all else for years upon years. This current interruption to that focus has been fruitful in it’s own ways but the niggling doubts that creep in about how do I get that precious focus central again are certainly present. A friend recently responded with the statement of “Oh that’s really exciting, wonderful to embrace the challenges. How lucky you are. Dive into the middle of whatever presents, wallow and enjoy; evolution of self is again at hand.” It’s all perfect. How many times and places have we read those very words? Even the doubting spaces are food for expanding the mind-heart-awareness. In fact they are most likely essential for such growth of occur and proceed.
This beaded sphere was started 4.5 years ago. It was just over halfway done with just the foreground figures complete. It went on the shelf at that time as I was just learning how to make Temari. I became totally infatuated with the new medium and more or less have done nothing else but Temari since then. Every so often I would take down and uncover this, thinking, just finish it. However back on the shelf it went. A month ago I went to house sit across the island and this is what I took with me, determined to finally complete the sphere. So, 6 weeks and 250 hrs. later, this 14.5” diameter fully beaded sphere is complete. That feels great! The over-all project on this 660 sq. in. surface area takes more or less 1 hour per sq. in. Spirals of each form oppose each other, all forms spin off into the void. Void being not at all an empty place but something full of particles in motion. 1st Step was to make the sphere, the skin is reinforced wool felt stuffed with polyfil batting. The geometric form used is the ‘truncated icosahedron’. Pentagons and hexagons sewn together in sequence to form the sphere.