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Safflower C 10 Ultraviolet Temari

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2018 by starhandarts

This was a wonderful adaptation of the last design. Jumping from a C 8 grid to a C 10 grid. The way that the continuous designs came together pleases me in every way. Bigger sphere at 51 cm, and smaller thread offer a lot of detail. Maybe it’s the bright flower spots that give me the happy feeling. Every time I sat down to work on this one I could feel that happy portal pop open. The whole medium gives me  an endless stream of pleasure but this particular sphere seems even more joyous. The continuous design of green began with a question. I made an error when I laid out the center support lines for this design and while trying to decide if pulling it out and redoing was the right thing to do I determined that I really liked the spaces inside each center. they became a secondary pattern that would appear in each star center.

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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.

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.

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.

Temari Pink 32

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2016 by starhandarts

IMG_2255 IMG_2257I 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.

Fire and Ice Series + One

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, mindfulness, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2015 by starhandarts

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.IMG_2191

Temari Treats for July

Posted in Artwork, Balls, sphere, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2015 by starhandarts

IMG_2117The summer is moving by in a blur of present moments. Not really present to the wide outer world but indeed centered there in the studio. Losing and then finding my rhythm again and again. New Temari friends who’ve found me and made connections online, always fun and pleasing to find those others willing to take a few moments and share themselves and the joy of the work. Sharing compliments and ”how to’s” of the elements placed together in pattern and design.