I posted on the SiX and Friends blog about a possible direction for my work for the Orientation exhibitions which will take place next year and in 2013. We are working with a broad theme of ‘the Orient’.
I had bought a Wooden book called ‘Li, dynamic form in nature’, as in many ways my principal interests in terms of subject matter are the natural world and patterns. Li is a term taken from the Chinese where it has been used for a very long time, having been expanded from its origins to the level of a general concept to represent the patterns and principals, and the connection between all things, through which the natural universe expresses itself. It’s a complex philosophy. I am very interested in science and rational explanations but Li suggests, with accuracy, that there is much in the universe that is a continual creative process that cannot be predicted. Like Chaos Theory I imagine, and possibly the search for the elusive Higgs-Boson particle.It’s quite a subject, but I am enjoying it on the pattern level mainly, in that it’s an oriental philosophy that I can combine with my fascination with pattern.
Wooden books are interesting little volumes on a range of esoteric, philosophical and scientific themes. They’re all available from Amazon etc and even real book shops.
So I dug out some truly old drawings and designs I did 27 years ago, at college, mainly to remind myself for how long I have thought about pattern in nature. Such pattern has featured in my work over the years, but I am hoping to take it a little further. These pieces don’t actually show comparative patterns, which Li pinpoints, but I remembered and like the colours and graphic crispness which I may try to produce in whatever textile work I make. These are more to do with pattern transference, and the designs were for my ceramic pieces, and did appear on some pots and triangular dishes.
This design sheet was inspired by some Japanese purses and inro I had seen. I may use some of these triangular and four sided shapes in my textile pieces.