Today was my monthly Design Mentor Day with Ali - our First Wednesday of August slot, but I got a bit confused so happened today. Regarding the design book, some exercises were fun, some tedious, but all were far more time-consuming than I expected. Once I got over trying to finish a certain segment in the time allocated completely arbitrarily, most of it was unexpectedly enjoyable. And though there are things I could have done on the computer, (and will most like do in future), like anamorphic distortion, I did them all by hand with pencil, pen and paper, which will do me good, I'm sure, in some mysterious way.
These are called supergraphs, where I was to fill tiny squares with marks, not repeating the same mark two squares in a row, but diagonals were allowed. I can do this with colors, hues, or different elements, but I chose simple marks, like X, O = and t he like. As I got used to the process, patterns started to emerge, which made the supergraphs more predictable. I like the one I did first (marked with the arrow) when I wasn't sure where I was going, as it seems to have more energy. Supergraphs can look quitte different close up vs from a distance, which is what I want to do with my weaving.
These are called counterchange patterns. I work with one basic design, and create an "opposite" across an axis; the pair is my basic unit. I repeat the unit vertically (or horizontally or both), but the grid need not be strait or regular. I really liked the examples made on wobbly grids, the top two on the left.
Both supergraphs and counterchange patterns may become my favorite pastimes in the evening, but I would source graph papers with bigger squares before I go completely blind!
Now that my books are in the new, reinforced bookshelf, (though I have to get rid of some), Ali went through what I have and picked Doramay Keasbey's "Designing with Blocks"; starting in August, in addition to the design book, I need to work through this book and produce samples. As well as, Ali reminded me, continuing with my "normal" weaving.
If anybody has a spare, or hear about a pre-loved, copy of "basic design, systems, elements, applications", by John Adkins Richardson, Floyd W. Coleman and Michael J. Smith, (Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; published by Prentice-Hall, 1984), please, please, please let me know. I'd love to have a copy of my own and I've never seen a design text book with some laugh-out-loud passages.
Edit: Ali's suggestions were:
- Try the supergraphs replacing marks with colors, or values.
- Can I make drafts based on sections of the supergraphs?
- Introduce textures into counterchanges, e.g. the way I color them in.
- Consider the quality of lines, too, wobbly/straight, thin/fat, etc.