I hadn't planned to do another post before heading up north, but I was reading a great book (Escher on Escher) consisting of writings by M C Escher, and I came across a wonderful quote that seems to me to relate to the kind of geometric beadwork many of us do, and I couldn't resist passing it on. It's part of a letter, and he's talking about the difference between an illustrator and a graphic artist. Here it is:
" The restrictions finally forced upon us by graphic techniques. . . are unknown to the illustrator. He can, of course, restrict himself, but he does not have to. The graphic artist, however, must. . . . He perhaps even chooses his technique because he consciously wants to set himself very definite limits, because he prefers discipline above the seduction of multiplicity and chaos. In fact, simplicity and order are, if not the principal, then certainly the most important guidelines for human beings in general. The urge toward simplification and order keeps us going and inspires us in the midst of chaos. Chaos is the beginning; simplicity is the end."
Isn't that great? I've had a copy of the book Godel, Escher, Bach on a shelf for years, but haven't had the intellectual energy yet to wade in. I think I may have to try now.