my book, Freeform Peyote Beading
this past week for the popular blog Art Jewelry Elements
. I've followed Kristen's personal blog, My Bead Journey
, for some time and have gotten to know her online. While she's a seed beader extraordinaire, she started out firmly in the "no way" camp towards trying freeform herself. I think I may slowly
be tempting her to the wild side, but in the meantime, her review provides a very different look at my book, focusing largely on my discussion of color and design.
Which has had me thinking more about design.
|Sketches - translating coral to a design|
In my book, I look at a number of the elements of design that I use most often in my work, then briefly touch on the principles of design. Early on, those two really confused me - what's the difference between elements and principles? I finally figured it out like this:
Elements of Design
are like tools or building blocks you use in constructing your design. The design element's I use most include:
Principles of Design
are more like a set of architectural blueprints or plans. They help you figure out how exactly everything goes together and include:
And since I'm thinking about them, I thought I'd launch a weekly series; every Monday for the next several weeks, I'll focus on one of these in turn and whatever I'm doing with them at the time.
What an awesome idea for a series!ReplyDelete
I was really impressed with your discussion of design elements and principles in your book. To be honest, I think you described them better than a lot of art teachers I've had.
Also, I can't wait to review your book! Will do that sometime after August 11th, when the BSBP and class proposals are finished. :)
I've spent a LOT of time trying to wrap my brain around the elements of design and get it into a personal vocabulary that makes sense to me. That personal vocabulary is what I tried to share in my book, and what I'll be looking at in my blog posts. :)