Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Update on the latest tray ensemble

I added a fourth tile (upper right) following the string design (see previous post). I used 'Nzepple, Tripoli, a pattern by Kass Hall that looks like paper clips, and a version of Shattuck. Here's a cool thing I learned: it's simple to add something new to a known pattern. Case in point: Shattuck in the latest tile (upper right) is recognizably Shattuck, but with something extra -- the thick bar with a wavey black border, and half moons on either side. Simple, right? But perhaps as I do, you tend to reproduce patterns more or less in their default form. Fun to do, but not necessary to stick to every time. Adding new stuff is fun! I realized this when I saw a pattern very much like Shattuck in one of the pattern books I bought yesterday, except for the round parts and thick band with wavey black borders. I lifted it pretty much wholesale from African Design to use in the tile that appears here, but the book invites readers to do this (really). It's a book of patterns for people working on personal projects. Here's a snippet of the pattern from the book's CD:

For several years, I was a weaver. I made functional and decorative weavings. The latter could feature inclusions -- additions to the woven fibers that were made of different materials, e.g., beads, feathers, or as shown in the following image of a decorative wall hanging, wilder things like rocks:

The extra features shown in Shattuck above are examples of inclusions Zentangle style, and demonstrate a principle that can be applied to any tangle, kind of like auras, namely, addition.

In my day job, I teach English as a Second Language. In writing classes, I often teach students to revise their essays using four strategies that are easy to remember in the acronyn A.R.M.S. -- Add, Remove, Move, and Substitute. I think these same ideas can be useful when exploring the possibilities of tangles. The half moons shown above are an example of adding something to a tangle.  Following are two more tiles I added to the 2 x 4 ensemble I'm working on, and an example of another ARMS strategy, Substitute:

See Florz in the lower left tile? Note how the pattern continues in the lower right, where I have substituted spirals for diamonds. So simple, really, but I confess that I never thought to make small changes like this before.

All together now, I have completed 6 of the 8 tiles that will form the completed ensemble. Here they are:

I should be finishing the last two in the next day or two.