Yve Colby - Junior, Fiber major

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Materials and Process

• Pencil
• Paper
• Compass
• Protractor
• Markers

Artist's Narrative

Beginning this assignment, I just began drawing freely on a sheet of paper with a compass, just to see what designs and patterns I began to see emerge. Once I found a pattern, I wanted to work with more, I measured out how far apart I would make each circle, then began to put down the circles in the right spots to form the pattern. I worked the same way with all the patterns that I made. I then began coloring in the patterns, pretty intuitively. I had a scrap piece of paper next to me, so I could see how different colors looked together before deciding that I wanted them in the pattern. I have always enjoyed coloring in patterns, so I guess that would be my only source of inspiration. I didn't look at any books or anything, I just started to draw and see what came of it. I did like working with the circle as my basis. It was interesting to me how many different patterns I could make using just a circle.

Teacher's Comment

This practicum exhibits many similarities to the conceptual layout of traditional carpets. It shows a field pattern that covers the plane, with surrounding border patterns that are linear. As in many carpets, both the field and borders show repeats and color symmetries. The field has parallel vertical axes and parallel horizontal axes, which intersect at right angles with the vertical axes. There is also a secondary grid. And the borders show symmetry-breaking particularly at the corners, where the horizontal border meets the vertical border.

A critical difference, however (aside from technology and materials), is that the patterns of this practicum express intersections of arcs of circles, whereas carpet patterns are unitary, constructed knot by knot within the orthogonal grid created by the interlacing of warp (longitudinal yarns) and weft (transverse yarns).