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.

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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.

Temari Wrapped Bands, Woven Stars 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2017 by starhandarts

The 2nd Temari in this design group. C 10, wrapped bands inter-woven, stars inter-woven at each of the primary centers. 44 cm. diameter, and 5.25” dia. When you scroll back several entries you will find the 1st Fall color Temari using this same formula. I love the movement and rhythm of this design.

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!

Golden Ribbon Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by starhandarts

A golden globe, 68 cm. circumference, 8.25” dia. Ribbon has been applied to the 6 arms of a simple division marking. Interlocking diamonds fill each division area. Variegated perle cotton is used throughout. The tones of our fall changing leaves and pale turquoise skies have come together very sweetly. I look across the grassy wetlands in the late afternoon sunlight and everything is surrounded by this golden color. The changing leaves and sky become the background of it.

Most of the Temari I work on I ‘know’ what I want to do. This one I had a ribbon I wanted to use. At 3/4” i needed a ball that complimented this width so it had to be a big girl. I plotted the diamonds that work from the equator to the poles. When these were complete I just knew it needed something the spaces created in each wedge. I tried pinning a form and then cutting small paper triangles. Dithering around for a couple of days, and then pausing for a day with the ball out of sight. The small triangles graduate in size filling the wedge nicely.

Temari Entanglement 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2017 by starhandarts

The fall colors really pop out on my new Temari. C 10, 52 cm. circumference, 6.5” diam. Big and bright, pulsing with the dance of fall leaves. This woven bands design was deceptive in it’s complexity. Until I actually began wrapping the bands and inter-locking them at every center, 32 of them, I expected it to feel similar to the C 8 previously published. The pattern and instructions provided through Barb Suess and Temarikai, thank you very much, showed just one viewing side. Although one does the same technique over the whole ball, that singular view didn’t register the extensive work needed to complete the ball. The first step with just the woven bands complete and the 2nd step of inter-weaving stars at all design centers have been a challenge for me. Always a grand feature to be learning something new and being swept away by the final display. Passion for this medium once again engaged fully.