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Temari Curved Stitching

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2018 by starhandarts

I’ve been teaching myself and exploring this technique for the past year. I have been seeing many examples of the technique in online shows. There are some basic elements that come from the field of mathematics. Parabola’s and astroids being the makeup of most. Some forms are individual, some mirror each other. We all recognize ”String Art” designs and this techniques follows that avenue as well. All the curves are the result of how the straight lines are combined.  It’s a simple stitch really but the combinations and arrangements of elements, how color is used and how many faces each ball receives has everything to do with the outcome. The members of this grouping are all from 41 to 50 cm. circumference. They are stitched with #8 perle cotton. The self imposed challenge for the grouping was to use a very limited palette and to recombine the basic elements in arrangements I hadn’t seen anywhere else. The starkness of this color group really challenged my love of the broad spectrum colors, however, limiting the palette was a great teaching tool for me. . Simple divisions, C 8, C 10, they each work wonderfully. They all require added support lines. What was most interesting is that a white mari using black thread appears very differently than the same design using a black mari and white thread.

Oh yes, size does matter! But then I’ve prefered making larger sphere’s from the beginning. Big girl balls have so much more presence.

Another wonderful aspect of this design study has been an online connection with a Temari friend from Australia. We have Temari in common, this technique in particular we have pursued together and the mutual benefit has been remarkable. It is a complete pleasure to share the why’s and whatfore’s, good grief moments, successes and redo event’s we’ve each had along the way. I feel as though without her support and input along this path I’d never have stuck with the learning curve.

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Intolerance Fatigue

Posted in Artwork, mindfulness, Social Commentary, wonder with tags , , on December 5, 2017 by starhandarts

This term, ‘Intolerance Fatigue’ came through my lips recently as a response to the ”how are you……..fine” question. I have Intolerance Fatigue. Feels like I’ve been bumping into that pediment quite a bit lately. Seems like if I stay home and make Temari or some such I’m usually in the center, when I go out in the people places seeing and hearing about the state of EVERYTHING, I get/feel itchy and sense the intolerance needle climbing. Little mother on the body of the beast. Is she the shield or he her knight? Does it matter in the least? A day without rain, yes!

Temari Hot’s Neutral Faces.

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2017 by starhandarts

I really find this ”negative” of the Temari Hot Colors Sphere an exciting view.  This was wrapped much more tightly than has been my normal habit. My fingers are sore from getting the needle in and out. At moments even a small pliers was handy! Geez, the ‘softer’ surface of most is a joy to penetrate. 

When this ball was an idea only, that image was very different in terms of how the forms showed up. I wondered through out why it wasn’t fitting into the imaginary Temari in mind. Questioning color palette choices. Would it work visually? Not till the finish did I change the picture to look at the negative image and I feel it does work, allowing all the patterns to show up. There isn’t enough value difference in the centers that have red stars/turquoise centers sitting on pink. The 3-way corners however, being Turquoise Y’s/red center points sitting on pink have more contrast. The line work that is so intrinsically present in Temari shows up stronger here than in color, in my opinion anyway.

The pop and heat of the real deal pleases me very much. I held this underneath several types of light this evening, each light had a different effect on the how the colors showed themselves. It was fascinating to see how the surface pattern changed intensity and saturation of color. Certain pattern elements were much stronger visually under certain bulbs. The odd thing is that so far my favorite one is underneath the 12yr. old funky under-cupboard fluorescent tube, that quiet creamy dull/yellowish glow those those fixtures make. Every pattern is distinct and the depth of the layers building up shows up nicely. The color progression from pale edges to red at the center is value wise good.

So, another year playing in the Temari Field, the sweetness overflows. At the center is Joy. The mind at play in the Temari Realm is an awesome experience.

Temari Hot’s Work in Progression

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, mindfulness, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2017 by starhandarts

Step 4 The centers of all forms are now filled in a bit. Voila! 

The glowing bands of the hexagons are complete. The addition of a single red line  around each diamond really set up a wonderful accent to the bands.Step 3 was to begin a pattern of inter-laid Hexagon’s over the pentagon grid, every row a progression of yellow to red at the center and back to yellow. 43.5cm. cir., 5.6” dia. Step 1 was to Mark the sphere with C 10 structure. Step 2 was to embroider the pentagons.

The Ticket Taker

Posted in Artwork, mindfulness, Social Commentary with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2017 by starhandarts

The Ticket Taker, a member of the Humor Parlor and Space Zoo. The guardian at the Pearly Gates, this being has evolved over many years. The various parts have  been, found, collected and  combined from many sources. A cast off rubber mask that has been painted and fluffed out with Bison hair at ears, eyebrows and nose holes; a rubber spider, Halloween monster gloves, cotton knit tubing. All is mounted on a large industrial strap hook found decades ago in the junk stores of Superior, Wisconsin.

You reach inside one hairy nostril to give over your ticket to ride the “Last” bus. Scary, hairy and end of the line sweet. 23” wide x 33” high. Boo!

Friendlier to self.

Posted in learning, Lenard Cohen, mindfulness, poetry words, praise, remembrance, wonder with tags , , , , on October 15, 2016 by starhandarts

Judy and FriendsIf you’ve followed this stream at all you’ll be aware that the inner self flow has been a struggle for some months now. Recently I streamed a YouTube of K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. A sweet and deeply moving experience. After that, I found a Pema Chodron interview with her that also hooked in deeply. The following is a list of high lights that went deep. Isn’t it interesting that the stuff we need rolls along right at our feet? Yeah!

Practicing unconditional friendliness towards oneself.

What does your difficulty bring that  guides you?

We are fundamentally good.

Touch yourself with kindness.

The less there is of me the happier I am, Leonard Cohen story.

Be in and of service whatever you do.

When things fall apart, find the treasure being offered in that moment.

Well just wow, it’s all in those thoughts and ideas, at least I can find it there.

Walking on in a new light. Service to others and kindness to self. Keeps the balance. Treasure indeed.

Oh yes, it’s the full moon as well. Big, fat, pulling the tides and lighting the night.

Temari Spectrum, A Gathering

Posted in Artwork, Balls, learning, Learning, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2016 by starhandarts

Tacoma Temari GatheringWe came together recently in Tacoma, Wa. The time together was fruitful and best of all fun. Kathy, Jane, Marilyn, Dolores, Carol, Barb and myself. We are each students and teachers of this amazing medium, Temari. The idea that we each began with a small and simple Temari, taught ourselves from books,  online connections and in person classes along the way, was actually the common denominator. This was to my great surprize of course as I was thinking that the isolation of my island life limited my ability to learn. So all you fellow needle people out there, we’ve all found a few common sources for the ongoing instruction each of needs to keep learning and the  inspiration to “just keep at it”. It’s a spectrum! If we keep on learning and connecting under the Temari umbrella, mentors and mentoring move in both directions. We each brought a basketful of skills and experience to this table from our own lives, more than just Temari. This amazing display of creative endeavor shows work from all skill levels, the new beginning basics all the way to divinely complex, awe inspiring, knock your socks off, “heavenly bodies”.

Seems like we learn and teach, at/in the same moment. Every change in color way makes every design a new and glorious orb of delight. I heard again and again the words, “oh look how she did that one”, “oh my, just doing that pattern with a slight change there made the whole design look completely different”.

Each one of us had questions about how to better our skills, to gather techniques that better enhance our abilities wherever we are on the Temari Spectrum. Guidance freely shared, encouragement flowing in all directions. The “oohing & aahing” a rhythm of it’s own.