Saturday, January 12, 2013


While designing a striped piece a while back, I ended up going in a different direction.  The straight geometric lines I tend to stick with began to change into curves.  The piece was inspired by the sight of a beautiful sunset near our home. Clouds were moving speedily by the orange sky and I began to envision sails in the wind with the sun turning water various shades of orange.

"Sunset Sails" in progress,  Lori LaBerge  2012

Out came the sketchbook and the piece was developed.  It took a while to get the design to a point where I was happy with it.  I ended up taking a photo of my sketch, placing it into Photoshop and playing with the curves a little.  

"Sunset Sails" still has a way to go!  Brighter oranges will be hooked in soon.

Straight lines are static.  They may be going somewhere, but they don't depict a sense of movement as well as curves, turns, dashes, waves or other lines do.  I often place dashes of various shades of a color together to create interest in straight lines.   Curved lines can depict action or create a sensuous feel in a piece of art.  Movement and curves were the subject of my journal activity this week.

This page is a combination of actual textiles and magazine photos.  I love the way the photo on the center left just seems to dance.  It is not so much the pattern, but the way the photographer grouped them together in a dancing fashion that attracted me. The center top with its circular movement is cut from some upholstery fabric that was in the studio.  Below that, the contrast of black and white always works for me and there is great movement in the curves of the textile pattern.  The bottom left is a pattern of small flowers floating through space as if a light wind was blowing.

It surprised me how different the second page on movement came out.  The first page veered  toward geometric patterns while this page veered more toward nature. The upper left is a photo of trees made from steel and the way the two trees are interacting is interesting.  Are they fighting or attracted to each other?  The leaves in the center were cut from upholstery fabric. Each of them has a pattern of movement within them.  The nautilus shell just shows how wonderful nature is with its designs, the spiral drawing the viewer's eye around the shell.  

Have some fun searching for movement in design and shapes and define what you think the designer or artist was trying to portray.  Do you find yourself attracted to certain lines?  Hopefully, you will discover something new about yourself, confirm something you already knew (as I did my love of nature) and have a great day.

Update on studio construction;

So much that is not visible happened this week with more piping and drainage.  The cement floor base was poured and blocks were placed in front, where the studio porch will be.

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