Natural patterns form as wind blows sand in the dunes of the Namib Desert. The crescent shaped dunes and the ripples on their surfaces repeat wherever there are suitable conditions. Patterns in nature are visible regularities of form found in the natural world. In the 19th century, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau examined soap films, leading him to formulate the concept of a minimal surface. Mathematics, physics and chemistry can explain patterns in nature at different levels. History In 1202, Leonardo Fibonacci (c 1170 – c 1250) introduced the Fibonacci number sequence to the western world with his book Liber Abaci. Fibonacci gave an (unrealistic) biological example, on the growth in numbers of a theoretical rabbit population. In 1917, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860–1948) published his book On Growth and Form. The American photographer Wilson Bentley (1865–1931) took the first micrograph of a snowflake in 1885. Causes Types of pattern Symmetry
Eye-popping Ways Artists Use PaperIn the year since the Museum of Art and Design reopened in its new digs on Columbus Circle, they've been delivering consistently compelling shows--from punk-rock lace to radical knitting experiments. The newest, "Slash: Paper Under the Knife", opened last weekend and runs through April 4, 2010. The focus is paper--and the way contemporary artists have used paper itself as a medium, whether by cutting, tearing, burning, or shredding. In all, the show features 50 artists and a dozen installations made just for the show, including Andreas Kocks's Paperwork #701G (in the Beginning), seen above. Mia Pearlman's Eddy: Ferry Staverman, A Space Odesey: A detail of a sprawling work by Andrew Scott Ross, Rocks and Rocks and Caves and Dreams: Lane Twitchell's Peaceable Kingdom (Evening Land): Béatrice Coron, WaterCity: Between the Lines, by Ariana Boussard-Reifel: A book with every single word cut out: Chris Kenny's Grand Island, part of a series of "maps" depicting a fictional city:
Utopia’s Best Street Art of 2011I couldn’t help but direct everyone to fellow public art loving blog Street Art Utopia as they have compiled a pretty decent list of the best street art of 2011. If you are just getting into the wonderful world of pasting, spraying or making the streets a more creative place, this list is a great place to start (short of Wall and Piece). One of the best things about this genre is it’s diversity – you can decided what you find gimmicky/twee or meaningful and awe-inspiring. Street art has always been the public’s voice, and the art world has yielded success to those with great ideas and a call for change. More from the list after the jump!
Paper Art - 100 Extraordinary Examples of Paper ArtPaper art can be traced back to Japan, where it originated over a thousand years ago. From complex paper cutting to book carving, this is an ever expanding area of design that is hardly talked about. These intricate paper designs grace museums and exauhibitions throughout the world and is becoming yet another exciting medium of expression for many designers. Some of the artists featured here use simple materials, such as A4 printing papeel, while others resort to unexpected materials, such as actual books, as their prime materials. In this article, we’ll take a look at 13 remarkable artists and showcase their truly amazing pieces of paper art. Peter Callesen Visit website Jen Stark Visit website Simon Schubert Visit website Brian Dettmer: Book Sculptures Visit website Sher Christopher Visit website Elsa Mora Visit website Yulia Brodskaya Visit Website Su Blackwell Visit website Richard Sweeney Visit website Jolis Paons Visit website Bovey Lee Visit website Bert Simons Visit website Ingrid Siliakus Visit website
ceramic decor designsA collection of ceramic innovations and ideas for consideration in the field of interior decorating. Porcelain sculpture- Cheryl Ann Thomas Rupert Spira Conversation jp93 – contemporary pottery Jane Perrymann Millie Vases Blue and white Chinese ceramic bookends ( Kyo ) Ifat Shterenberg ceramic furniture : Ifat uses slab rolled clay combined with various textiles and metals and uses both industrial and handmade techniques to achieve her art personified functional furniture. Ceramic seat, side table and coffee table base. Ceramic outdoor seating - Ifat Shterenberg Ceramic coffee table and seats Ceramic Footrest French Antique Jarre Biot Antic Store Marsotto-Edizioni : Suzy Carvalho ceramic sculpture -”Ames” Brazil Davis Vachon Handmade raku fired ceramic Mosaic Pool Tiles ( Sicis ) Tom Stogdon Sculpture Ceramic bathtub Charme by Nuvist. Ergonomically designed to provide support for arms, back and legs. Monumental ceramic vessels by Darcy Badiali. Gropius Jade – the feng shui freindly succulent plant. Karen Burk
Contemporary Euro CeramicsRepetition of form with three symmetrical parts that are connected; three being both a strong number and a balanced repetition of form. The negative space – the shape of the space in between, is equally important. “ Jean-François Fouilhoux /France : Jean Francois calligraphic like forms are done exclusively in Celadon glazes.” His shapes”, he notes, “arise from a unique course, without remorse or recovery,” with both an entry and an exit in the clay. They are “graphs in three dimensions, types of ideograms” whose meaning is revealed to anyone with the ability to look and truly be seen. Touch and genuinely be touched. Hans Vangsø/ Denmark :
veniceclayartistsPat Swyler is a fine ceramicist who creates figurines infused with a depth of feeling and beauty. The figures usually display classical Mudras, ( hand gestures ) and manage to reflect the subtlety of meditation. Purity ” Since childhood the human figure has interested me as subject matter, a fascination which I have explored working from live models in both clay and drawing materials. Inspiration : The Metropolitan Museum of Art collection of Medieval, Egyptian, Renaissance and Asian sculptures is a source of inspiration. Virtue Porcelain – wood fired vessel Stoneware – oxidation fired Raku Pat describes her technique : Since first touch clay has been my medium of choice. Serenity Pit fired with gold leaf Abundance Compassion Peace Harmony Serenity3 Meditate More Pat Swyler here Kuan Yin and the cicada : The only time I ever saw an auspicious Cicada in my home was when it came and sat on the Kuan Yin statue. More posts: