Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Flower of Life

Long story short: I'm working on a commission piece with the lotus flower as an element. When googling "lotus" and "math," I found info on the Flower of Life and some of Leonardo's drawings, making my heart go pitter-patter.

From Wikipedia
The Flower of Life is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. They are arranged to form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry, similar to a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter. It is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, spiritual value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time.

Mother Flower of Life with some babies
Making my own Flower of Life
I followed the pattern of the Flower of Life in Photoshop and then headed to the laser cutting machine. I created my own Baltic Birch version, along with some little babies. I inked and printed the large one without any breakage. The large one is surprisingly sturdy, btw. I placed the inked flower face up on the press bed, removed all blankets and instead used a piece of chip board. It printed beautifully, but you'll have to take my word for it because I forgot to take a pic of it.

I'm going to be with family for the next few days, and unless I happen upon something amazing, I'll be away from blogging. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I'll be back en force in a few days!

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