Wednesday, November 12, 2014

asymmetry versus randomness

 I just finished a piece (the 3rd one in this group) and it got me thinking about some of the things I like in a design.  I actually like all 3 of these pieces, but in some ways the last one works best for me.  It is neither entirely symmetrical, like the first piece, nor as random as the 2nd one.  It's sort of a Goldilocks thing, where you can easily see the symmetry, as well as the decision to break it.  A bit like the motto of Oregon College of Art and Craft--Know the rules to break the rules.  I've always been drawn to that idea.  Anyway, I'm busy making pieces like #3 now.


  1. I like he red one the best of the three, but the bottom one is also a nice statement. The red one looks like something out of a science fiction movie, in a good way. For what it's worth, a few of us on FB decided that we would call the stitch in the bottom one, "prismatic right angle weave," or PRAW for short. You bottom piece uses PRAW-3. Anyway, I though you might like to join in our effort to create a common language for what we are doing with beads. I love your work!

    1. I Like the PRAW designation. Since lots of my work doesen't have right angles anywhere, I tend to call it polygon weave, for lack of any other term. By the way, what's the group on facebook? I have a facebook page, but I hardly use it, except to look in on a few family members.

  2. I think of lots of them as polygon weave too, but it's helpful to distinguish between the polygons. Here's the FB group.