Module 3 Chapter 1

Research for spirals – man-made and natural

It’s been a while since I posted – I had every intention of having Chapters 1 to 6 finished by the end of January.  What was that about good intentions and the road to somewhere-or-other?  Anyway, I have been beavering away at my coursework; just hadn’t got to the stage of preparing the blog posts.  So now for some binge blogging.

Siân suggested that, as I had done some development work with spiral-shaped sea shells for Module 2, I could concentrate on manufactured spirals rather than natural ones.  I had arranged these as eight sheets of images in MS Word and that is the way they appear below.  There are a few natural spirals in the montages (images 1 and 2) – I couldn’t resist Andromeda, the plant images and the Romanesco broccoli, in particular – but it was the spiral forms in architecture that really appealed; especially the acanthus stone carvings, the pargetry, spiral staircases and the wrought iron.

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Several of these images are from the Queen Victoria Building in central Sydney.  I love the way the designers adapted that acanthus frieze to design the carpet for the interior.  The stone spiral hemisphere (last photo in image 7), strange to say, adorns a monument to Queen Victoria’s dog.  The spiral staircases, I feel, have a lot of potential for stitch and, particularly, for suggesting movement.

Images 9 and 10 show simple drawings of a selection of the spirals; all architectural examples.  The sheet in image 10 consists entirely of line drawings of wrought iron, including some quirky freeform examples from Hobart. 

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2 responses to “Module 3 Chapter 1

  1. What a wonderful collection of inspiring images and drawings. Great start to Module 3! Good to see you back posting too 🙂

  2. A great and comprehensive collection of images and super drawings to intepret them. I loved doing the spirals and I look forward to seeing how you continue with them.

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