In the past few weeks, skinny rectangles have morphed into wider rectangles, and the vistas outside those rectangular windows have changed from angles to rectangles and back again. By recombining (or developing?) those elements, I’ve created a new design based on the idea of peeking through one layer to see the next one.
Spin the design so the stripes are vertical, and suddenly the rectangle becomes a diamond.
Construction of these designs would be even simpler (and quicker) than the previous Sunday sketches — mostly stripes with a few half-square triangles (for the top design) and half-rectangle triangles (for the bottom design).
It’s funny how things come full circle. Lately, in my day job, I’ve been writing about recent discoveries in neuroscience research. It’s a great reminder of two things: the human brain is amazing, and researchers are making ground-breaking discoveries about how it works.
So, synapses firing and neurons connecting led to this week’s branched design.
But the design also reflects a feeling of disruption and distress. I received news this week that a dear family member had suffered a massive stroke. Thankfully he was treated by one of the country’s best specialists, and is showing signs of recovery. It will take time, but I’m trying to hang on to those recent realisations: the brain has an amazing capacity to recover from damage, and researchers – including doctors who work with patients – are making great progress in the field of brain research.
This pattern is all angles – half-square triangles and half-rectangle triangles. It might be easier to paper-piece the skinnier parallelograms. There’s no need to follow this exact layout – you could make a bunch of pieces and just mix them around until you created the desired effect. Disorder and chaos are the goal.
Back when I was playing with parallelograms, I tried expanding on the design by making wedges.
I don’t think I’m done exploring this idea; it’s not quite there yet. (This sketch just reminds me of that 1990s self-help book, Who Moved My Cheese?)