I observe the many ways in which nature has already worked out the most harmonious construct in its forms for us to admire. As such, my work falls into the traditional design category of offering the harmony of the natural environment in designs to enhance our everyday experience; photographs and designs which give focus on the essence of form and place as an aid to keep our spirits in resonance with the natural world.
COSMIC DESIGN - Harmonies and patterns between the minuscule and the magnificent are embedded in the wonderful energy field patterns of nature seen in flowers, seeds, shells, pinecones and more. If we time lapse a plant growing, it does so in spiral form, just as the solar system is travelling through the galaxy; the planets spiralling around with the sun. [link]
The energy hub from centre of flower to bulbous creation of seeds at the centre, is the power of the torus energy from the vortex.
My current design theme is exploring layered possibilities with natural forms and patterns over landscapes and seascapes to create new patterned ambient environments; on silk and wood.
TEXTILE DESIGN has traditionally used pattern forms of plants and flowers, lending themselves to stylisation for repeatable pattern making. Those forms are connected with the electric universe, as amazing reflections of life. Textiles themselves often mimic the cosmos with their distributed images and patterns over a field.
DESIGN PROJECTS aim to show something unique and charming from each fresh photo or drawing study. Aspects from photographs on this site may be used in designs: the flowers specifically for silk painting. My brief is to combine images of forest and sea ambient environments with an overlay of geometrical forms taken from natural forms.
These will be digital artworks, offered as prints, to be printed on sustainable fabric such as hemp to embellish as pictures, or hangings. Some of my photographs give 50" actual size images, suitable for murals or smaller print-outs to boards or trays with incapsulated with varnish.
FOREST AND COAST trips 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.
Is nature the best medicine?
With popular art, commercially viable art has to be valued by the majority of people. Most people want to see 'pleasant' 'nice', 'pretty' representations of the world, which is why nature photography and floral textiles are perennially popular; because nature always shows balance of design and textiles tend to use balanced designs.
We can consider what is good resonance for public consumption; be it something natural which pleases us by its reminder of the natural world or of abstract ideas which portray a vision: then we might say by comparison that art which does not have an inspiration from 'beautiful vision' lacks a philosophy which might be important to communicate - and ultimately to enhance society in any era.
Is art for the people or as self indulgence for the artist?
Art is made when the artist resonates with a perception and wishes to express it. We can ask if there can be a point at which such expression has little or no quality to resonate with viewers: whether it is a 'good' or 'uplifting' visual experience, (usually the case for decorative art) or whether it represents the human condition, often expressed as 'angst', as in poetry and theatre.
Art - How is vision valued?
All art is a synthetic representation of the real world, as seen or felt by the artist. However, if we hold that art with a powerful resonance to move people inspirationally is beneficial to society, then we can suggest that 'Synthetic' art may be considered as having been made with no real 'vision' to resonate inspiringly with others.
Postmodernism has had a strange influence on art which has come to light in exhibitions and public sculpture. Philosophy and war times have influenced art which will be discussed in separate post.
[Note: Which symbols of civilisation and knowledge will survive as great art? Video music art is currently working in the Symbolist tradition with fantasy landscapes and symbols from a mythological past, looking to a fantastic future journey in the cosmos.]