thinking about form—
how things encountered belong to forms, find their forms, define, renew and structure forms.
the forms I think about when I am in this space
are open cups, closed cups and spirals, which are at once both open and closed forms.
undulating and interlacing lines are spirals whose lines are irregularized, loosened; they release the momentum of spirals, but inhabit different regularity.
beholding is a consequential action: how many coils rotate off one axis, or spin off from a vortex outward on their separate planes/ counting up, attending, until one: the curve where energy deflates, loops into pattern.
how many involutions do we walk before a maze becomes a wilderness—or walks us through toward grace?
open cups fill up with motion, slide atop it: pulled by inner/outer curvatures in mated surface tensions; and enclosed cups of course, are waiting to burst open.
voids contained by energy are spirals; those sustained by mass are cups.
3 Sites, each composed in a different WordPress theme, are running; the active links to these sites can be found in the side column of the blog pages (see menu at top of scroll) and sometimes to the side of these posts.
one is my own, my professional artist’s presence; it is structured to handle occasional additions, updates and growth over time: Margaret Sunday, Tapestry Artist
another is me taking the bull by the horns and creating a home base for an on-going list-serve discussion. The project began with a dozen committed contributors, and now hosts 40 artists in its sixth month. Because it is always growing, spurring new works, new perspectives and more complexity, this site must be adaptable. Clutter is banished, and every artwork and written contribution is accorded a formal screen presence, allowing it to speak on its own. Drop by and see what we’re doing, and remember, this site is always in flux: Selfies in Tapestry; Slow Art in the Age of Quick
and most recent is a commercial venture, featuring an historic vacation property on the coast of Maine. The site concept centers on the owner’s photographs and writing, and the design reflects her personal style. The site is simple and spacious with room to grow, like Heroncrest itself. The customer reports an enthusiastic response: Heroncrest of Maine
Images: Way Up the Mountain, Middle Ground, tapestry by Margaret Sunday, photo: John Blake; detail of Slow Selfie, tapestry by Janette Meetze from the Selfie blog; Heroncrest, view of Penobscot Bay, photo: Carolyn Hearne
CODA 2013: Tapestry Art Today, the pilot edition of an e-publication on the American Tapestry Alliance website evolved into a project of major proportions, under editor Dorothy Clews, who enlisted me as designer. CODA features an international cast of tapestry weavers with six illustrated articles and a gallery of about 30 images of tapestries by different artists; 54 full color images in all. My design concept was to present contemporary tapestry with the elegance and vibrancy of a high-end coffee table book, internally balanced and paced in presentation, while incorporating a wide variety of esthetics, ideas and convictions. Attention to letterpress standards of typography (in so much as MS Word would permit!*), clarity, and the proportions of space, text and color rhythms brought recognition when browngrotta arts featured CODA on facebook within a day or two of launch.
You can see CODA 2013 via the link in the side bar of this blog’s pages (shown in the menu at top of scroll). Here is a taste of the cover:
(The cover image, Goth Deathrock Subculture No. 1 by Michelle Driver of Australia, was chosen by editor Dorothy Clews; with ATA Identity elements provided by the American Tapestry Alliance; integrated cover design by Margaret Sunday.)
* To those familiar with graphic design applications—you don’t want to know.
this being a blog…
the posts scroll sequentially from now to then, or you might find them in separate pages, read one click newer/ one click older. Either way, it’s not a book, not even a journal where the entries stay fixed in chronological order.
reading as a whole, or enjoying a planned progression of ideas comes as an afterthought and relies on the reader’s reconstruction of time from the bottom—up. The blog is designed for the new: the newest.
the idea of “right-reading” in some form has been with us a long time. The codex, whose pages are folded, interleaved and sewn in place, was invented, in part, to ensure the sequencing of ideas. We read books left-to-right, up—down and page-by-page, accustomed to the phenomenon of contents exchanging their relationships of recentness and past-ness with the turning of pages. We are comfortable with the idea that we progress forward when we read, and the codex structure supports the assumption that the next is built upon the previous in a way that the author considers important.
This being a blog, I wanted you to see the images of A blue cloud formation and my privet rose tapestry spiraled like a seashell placed together, in relationship
…before I tell you about CODA…
but you might be seeing them after—