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.
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.