Thursday, 19 October 2017

October Pairing

There is a 1950’s style strip mall that transports me from north-east Edmonton to somewhere in the Middle East. Among the businesses there is a pita bakery that bakes a good portion of the pitas sold in the city; there is a sweets bakery with more varieties of baklava than I knew existed; there is a grocery store where you can buy 10k bags of couscous; and there is a ladies clothing store with more scarves than I have ever seen in one place. The first time my husband and I went to this neighbourhood we were on a new-to-the-city explore. We ate at the bakeries, purchased couscous and saffron at the grocery store, and I bought a purple scarf at Sara. The second time I went to that strip mall I skipped the bakeries and was focused on going to Sara to purchase a scarf for a friend who was undergoing chemo treatments. The woman was very helpful. She insisted I also take a knitted cap - a gift from her to my friend — which would feel nice on a bare head and help hold the scarf in place. She showed me a fancy way to tie the scarf on, but I was not very good at it. I have been there a few times since, but the most recent visit was with a Syrian friend, new to the country, who was interested in clothing. While she did her own shopping,  I entertained myself by looking at the scarf wall. Not surprisingly, I was soon choosing between a few scarves that attracted me. In the end I selected the one that happened to go well with what I was wearing that day. While we were in the store the weather changed and the temperature dropped— as will happen in Alberta. I left the store wearing my new scarf, happy for the extra warmth, and feeling satisfyingly justified. It is the October scarf. The geometric interpretation is a 12 point star like the one in the previous post.    

6" x 6" (15 cm x 15 cm) oil on board

6" x 6" (15 cm x 15cm) paper 

Monday, 16 October 2017

12 Point Star Based on 4 x 3

These photos show the underworking of a 12 point star made from 4 triangles, with an interior woven design:

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

September Pairing

This month's scarf was a gift from a friend who went home to India to introduce her baby to her family.

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) oil on board

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) paper

Friday, 22 September 2017

September geometric design - How it was made

The next series of photos suggests that the creating process starts with a full-blown idea. It should be said that I prepared the series of how-it-was-made photos after the project was finished. A post with the finished design cut in paper will follow in a few days. 

1) The seven-circle grid (made larger) of circles divided by 6: 

2) Determining a 6 inch square, on an angle, within the grid:

3) Highlighting the shapes from the circle grid to interpret the scarf painting:


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

August - Pairing

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) oil on board

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) paper

Monday, 14 August 2017

The Out Takes

It took me a while to work my way into this month's geometric design. The base design is the 8 circle Rosette. My design complications messed up the legibility and effectiveness. 

These are the rejects: