Icosidodecahedron Geometric Sphere

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by starhandarts

Icosadodecahedron Earth Tones Ribbonwork (3)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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Learning to See the Temari Before Me

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by starhandarts

The newest Temari uses the same pattern as the last, GT40 from Talk Temari. Its colorway has transformed the design completely. Light and dark define things much more finely. Making the eye see very differently is just plain fun. The Earth Tones one is 45cm. cir. The Pastel’s one 44 cm. The deep connection between seeing something and then doing it has really blossomed with these two beauties. All My Temari, GT40 Pattern (3)All My Temari, GT40 Colorways (2)  Earth Tones feels like a radical change in appearance. All the same forms and relationships are present but colorway changes everything. I like them both but the earthy colorway is by far my favorite. Oddly enough they both feel different than the pattern pictures I followed. The maker’s mark perhaps?

New Skills in Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, In progress, sphere, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on May 21, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2354The  C10 mark is the starting structure for this Temari that measures 44.5cm. circum. The pattern is from the Temari Kai files, advanced section, #GT40. When I looked at the design it tickled my mind so I thought, why not try it. It has 3 separate but inter stitched patterns. Diamonds, stars and triangles. The technique of inter stitching one layer onto/into the previous one is new to me so the challenge was on. I feel that I did well learning to work the stitches. The area that is not so straight forward is that I began on a mari that was a good bit bigger in circumference than the pattern suggested. It was one that was wrapped and ready to go, just sitting on my work table, so why not use it.  Proportion and band widths were of course skewed do to size.

I really do love to work on larger diameter thread balls, something about their presence at larger scale really blows wind up my skirt. It has been a pattern changer for me before in terms of the relationship of design elements over the surface. I do have to reveal that following directions/commands/orders/authority has been a lifelong challenge. So why did I think it would be any different with Temari? The completed design does become different from the pattern guide although all the same elements are in place.

What one learns along the way is a treasure chest of delight.IMG_235730 diamond centers at stage 2 of this pattern.IMG_2359All the diamonds have been added at their 30 points of intersection. The first stars of the second pattern are inter stitched at the diamond long points.IMG_2373The first layer of 30 diamonds is complete and the 12 stars of the second pattern have been inter stitched between each row of the long points of the diamonds.IMG_2375The 20 triangles are now finished connecting the short arms of the diamonds.

The finished Thread Ball @ 44.5 cm. circumference. This new method of stitching between previous rows was challenging. A first attempt at this pattern and method from the advanced group has some learning errors and steps to do better with next time, but I could better read the photos and description that guided me better than ever before. A great feeling to recognize that new skills are gradually filling by basket. I of course love the finished design but it is not visually the same as the inspiration pattern.

Suzanne’s Blade

Posted in Artwork, Bags & Containers, Beadwork, Knives, tools, traditional with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2016 by starhandarts

Oh she’s indeed a hummer. 20” from tip to tip, 5” wide. Made by hand, the sheath body is Elk rawhide, wool trade cloth with glass seed bead embroidery. Upper wrap is hair on cowhide with bead embroidery. Traditional work is very satisfying to me. Love the whole of it. Smells of the materials, solving the puzzle of how to blend and balance the desire for the piece to the end place of a useful and active tool. Beautiful as well as handy and handmade, unique to the blade it carries.IMG_2353

Temari Weaving

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2285Springs 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.

Earth Ribbons Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2016 by starhandarts

She’s big, dark like the season’s hibernating energy, fat and juicy. 8.6” diameter, 68.5 cm. circumference. The biggest wrapped mari so far. Her bell box at the center is a great aspect.  Size does make things challenging. Keeping the perfection of roundness was very hard. Even continuous checking while making the sphere, slapping  and pounding, whacking even, I found that once I started making the marking grid she was off round in some areas. Argh to say the least! So, a multi centered grid seemed out, darn it.

I had this cool ribbon purchased months ago just because it looked really cool and had been trying to use it somehow. Voila! A simple division of 20 spokes  as you can see. 9yds. of ribbon, many hrs. spent making the mari itself. Holding it and wrapping takes some serious patience and pauses, returning to it again and again over perhaps a week’s time. Needless to say probably, but it was eating an amazing amount thread.

Every Temari made so far has been a learning adventure. Knowing how this one would evolve was a mystery. I marked the spokes with trash thread, laid the first 10 arms that overlap each pole, only then realizing placing 10 more was ‘right’. Then cutting and fitting sections of the ribbon design into the equator to mark the belly brought me to the enough and finished moment.

From  facing the ready all black sphere and a pile of waiting ribbon came the gradual evolution into possibility. I will probably work with ribbon again  knowing now  more about what style, width and design to choose.   All My Temari Earth Ribbons (1) All My Temari Earth Ribbons (4)

Green Ribbon Temari A Hybrid Species

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Beaded Temari, Beadwork, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2259IMG_2260C 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.