Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spiral of Nature

These are some test pieces I have been working on. It is a design which resembles the spiral whorls found in nature such as in Cacti and Sunflower heads. These spirals are diretly linked to the fibonacci sequence which is a series of numbers that occurs frequently in nature. It starts at one and is brought about by adding the previous 2 numbers ie. 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89. Cacti's and sunflowers contain this sequence as they generally have a certain amount of spirals going anti-clockwise (such as 55) and a certain amount going clockwize ( such as 34) which correlates with the numbers in the fibonacci sequence, this is evidence that nature follows a specific set of mathematically and geometrically based proportions or ratio's.

I made this same design before in copper so i decided to make one in silver and enamel the punched holes. This picture shows the piece with a polished silver plate behind it to refract the light so it illuminates the coloured enamel, this gives it an Opalescent glow and has quite an aquatic feel to it.
I am not sure yet what this element will become I may use it for earrings or a pendant but there are a few issues that need to be resolved such as how to create an interesting and finished edge, for now i'm gonna let it stew for a bit.

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