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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 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.

Yamabuki Temari 2

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2017 by starhandarts

36cm. Isn’t it amazing how much difference color makes. I published my first Temari using this design last week. This one looks entirely different, that difference being colorway. It changed everything. The triangle that shows up inside every cube is a delight, the visual depth perceived and a simple dark outline as the last detail makes the cubes float off the surface. Thanks to the Temari Challenge /groups io folks for being there to answer questions and lend support, spark ideas and share the marvel of this medium. This colorway makes me think that periwinkle blue/violet is my new favorite color. Using Pantone Greenery again but just a touch.

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.