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Temari in Ultraviolet, Safflower

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2018 by starhandarts

She’s big and beautiful at 45 cm. This ball is the January Temari Challenge project called, Safflower. This mentoring group is a wonderful and ”instructive island”. I started this project with the purpose of learning more advanced techniques and using a smaller thread. Both these areas make me doubt myself in several ways. Those being the advancement of skills and techniques beyond where my comfort level is snugged in. The ultraviolet color way is a continuing direction this year. It’s a great challenge in and of itself as it’s not a go to color for me. All this and more is why I like this group and having a mentoring format to work with, a place of openess,  encouragement and generosity. True delight in the learning by doing atmosphere that is offered.

Learning to read and puzzle  out what is actually happening and how it does so when the design direction is written in Japanese. Understanding line,  proportion and construction as well how color translates is huge. Trying different thread size and behavior is a welcome addition to the skills bag. Guess what? The smaller guage thread used in this manner is wonderful. 

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Temari in Ultraviolet

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2018 by starhandarts

The Pantone color of year for 2018 is Ultraviolet. I’ve made a start at a series that will be added to throughout the year.  The largest in the foreground is the newest and I’ve kept it more dominant in the colorway. It will be fun to see where the color takes me. It ”feels” different working this color. With Temari the ball is more or less in my face for the duration of the ball, so seeing the color is easy. To me the pallet is blue, violet, red. All those ingredients make the base. I do follow design directions of course, then again I don’t. For the big ultraviolet ball I wanted to try a structural marking I had never done before, something called S4–with extra guidelines. It makes a marking on the surface of 6 squares and 8 hexagons, all with equal length sides. It was quite easy to set the grid. In emphasizing the 4-6 combinations I kept to that beginning with the 1st layer of forms. The 2nd separate layer connects the centers of the 14 shapes using interwoven bands of color. To my eye it worked very nicely, both line and color. Something new for my tool kit. 

Solstice Temari Light

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2017 by starhandarts

A sparkle and glow lights up the longest night. The final ball using the Pantone 2017 greenery is a combination of several layers. At 35.5 cm it has some presence. I like the green on green. It reflects the winters’ greenery all around me. A soft sheen of paleness wedded to the dark matte Earthy forests.

The variegated wrap of the party ball holds the metallic bands in tow. At 38cm it will sparkle most delightfully in the seasons’ twinkling lights. Solstice, dark and light; but of course. Hope your season is full of friends,  joy and reflection.

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.

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.

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. 

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.