28 November 2011

string art holiday greetings

string art holiday cards

Hello and a belated, but happy, Monday! Today has been crazy busy with sick punklings and long to do lists, but I wanted to drop in and share one of my handmade 'traditions' of the annual winter holiday season... Also known as 'symmography', I remember these crazy geometric creations on many of my parents friends walls as a child. It was a huge craft trend at the time and although my parents didn't have any themselves, I do remember getting a Spirograph kit which simulated many of these string patterns and using it for hours on end. Brainstorming ideas for my holiday cards that could be sent not too expensively through the international mail (which is code for 'flat' and 'minimal'), inspiration struck with the notion of some simple handwoven designs using this remembered craft from my childhood...

string art holiday cards

"String art, or pin and thread art, is characterized by an arrangement of colored thread strung between points to form abstract geometric patterns or representational designs such as a ship's sails, sometimes with other artist material comprising the remainder of the work. Thread, wire, or string is wound around a grid of nails hammered into a velvet-covered wooden board. Though straight lines are formed by the string, the slightly different angles and metric positions at which strings intersect may give the appearance of Bézier curves (and often construct actual quadratic Bézier curves). Other forms of string art include Spirelli, which is used for cardmaking and scrapbooking, and curve stitching, in which string is stitched through holes.

"String art has its origins in the 'curve stitch' activities invented by Mary Everest Boole at the end of the 19th Century to make mathematical ideas more accessible to children. It was popularised as a decorative craft in the late 1960s through kits and books."
- Wikipedia

string art holiday cards

With the deadline to get all long-distance international post in the mail by tomorrow, these greetings will be winging their way to friends and family overseas very soon...

If you've forgotten the how, Threadbanger's Decor it Yourself handy video by Meg Allan Cole will give you the basics of this simple but highly effective art form. For a modern typographic interpretation, take a look at Chris's Man Made DIY... awesome! XOXO, Bex


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