coiled: motifs and inspiration

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

motifs and inspiration

Most of the crochet pins from the last post are made of multiple motifs that I found in this gem: Mini Motif crochet pattern ISBN978-4-02-190416-5. I bought the book at the local Kinokuniya bookstore a few days ago. Dangerous place for me as I saw SO MANY books I wanted. I will be returning soon. There was a paper cut out craft book that I swooned over, maybe next time.

I spent some time pouring over this Karl Blossfeldt book which shows flowers in beautiful, graphic,

stark simplicity but also with a dark edge that highlights their graceful shapes.

The pieces grow motif by motif and have inspired a few simple drawings.

Inspiration everywhere, even in this crowded corner of the yard.


Nicola said...

Mmm, love Karl Blossfeldt. He had the most amazing eye. So interesting to see your inspirations too.

Poethead said...

Ah, a good book. There's nothing like it. The flower motifs are wonderful, and the Blassfeldt book divine! Your adventure in the bookstore brings to mind one of my favorite quotes:

"Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?" Henry Ward Beecher

Anonymous said...

aah you may have pushed me over the edge.. there is a kinokuniya that opened a block from my office. i've been eying a few different books... thank you! ;)

Mary Jane said...

Ah, the bookstore next to Uwajimaya...a very dangerous place indeed.

Michele said...

i can so see you doing amazing things with papercuts too.

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

Great inspirational post. I'd love to see both books - they look fabulous. And we need to make a trip to the bookstore together!