|Edge of a creek at low tide|
Seeing patterns and creating designs to work into my art is a simple process when I'm open to taking in the forms and shapes around me. Take for instance the patterns in the mud at low tide - with a few scattered rocks - along the edge of a creek that feeds into the Petitcodiac River. Can you see the pattern as a background for a hooked 'Welcome' mat or an abstract watercolour?
|c.1910 New Zealand Sidewalk|
How about the brick sidewalk? what could be done with this pattern???
|Salt patterns on the pavement|
Or this salt pattern on a street after an ice storm?
Momma always said to Go for the Brass Ring!
Patricia Winans Ⓒ 2012
|"It's not enough to reach for the brass ring. You must also enjoy the merry-go-round." (Julie Andrews)|
Architects of many large historic buildings have incorporated circular staircases into their designs. If you stand beneath the staircase and take a photograph up through its spiral as it rises to the other floors, you'll have a wonderful swirling design as the beginning for an art project.
One of my photos of a spiral staircase became the background for my latest wall hanging. I also incorporated two 'found' metal pieces. The brass, man's ring that hangs on the gold chain was found wedged in a crack on a London, ON street. The large brass coupling was at a yard sale. All three things, the photo, the ring and the coupling then became a piece of art.
The ring had lost it's stone and was marred from lying in the street. A metaphor for survival. It needed a frame - so hence the new brass coupling. The rising spiral of the staircase metaphorically supports grasping the ring and showing the way.
|Patricia Winans Ⓒ 2012|
Close-up of Ring
|Reverse side of Hanging showing Lining and Label|
Ⓒ content copyright 2012 Patricia Winans
Hanging is 15"x22". Made from new and up-cycled wool, silk, velour, mohair and metal and is fully lined with polyester velour.
It is attached to a piece of clear PLEXIGLASⓇ (same size as the hanging) for support when displayed.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested or for further questions.