SEEDS TO SCENERY – Highlighting cosmic design – Harmonies and patterns between the minuscule and the magnificent embedded in the energy of nature
My current design challenge is exploring the overlaying possibilities with natural forms and patterns to create a new patterned abstraction, on silk and wood.
Trips to coast and forest provide photography inspiration. Early drawing gave me an insight into the fascinating structure of plants perfected by nature’s evolution, which cannot be improved upon. Harmonies are always within each plant as it resonates in spiral growth within the energies of the cosmos – ‘as above so below’. I’m inspired to see connections between natural forms and the cosmos electric universe– even those we cannot see.
Textile design has traditionally used the regular pattern forms of plants, lending themselves to stylisation for further pattern making. See those forms as connected with the electric universe, they become amazing reflections of life. If we time lapse a plant growing, it does so in spiral form, just as the solar system is travelling through the galaxy.
The excitement of each design project is always to show something unique and charming from each fresh photo or new study. Aspects from photographs on this site may sometimes be used in designs: the flowers specifically for silk painting. My self-brief is to combine images of nature’s geometry (seen in seeds, lichen) with forest and sea ambient environment. These will be digital artworks, offered as prints, and which I will get printed on sustainable fabric such as hemp, to embellish as hangings. Some photography settings give 50″ actual size images, also suitable for murals; fixing printouts to boards with many layers of varnish.
Notes: Textile traditions. History plant exploration. Herbal plant and dye knowledge.