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book: designing tesselations

updated wed 8 nov 00


Joyce Lee on tue 7 nov 00

Elizabeth said:

> It is a hard read, but worth it. She is a famous quilt designer, but
> the work applies equally well to docorative owrk in any medium.

Ironic, Elizabeth, that you mention Ginny Beyer's book. Oddly enough,
her book (which I've never read) indirectly led me to clay ... a fact
buried deep in my braincells until you mentioned her work on

I had just retired and was deliberately looking for a challenge in a
totally new area ... something worth my time studying and learning,
something demanding that might take me into new directions.
Somehow during a trip to Maine I wound up visiting an enormous quilting
shop which had row after row of cloth art hanging from its racks
... had no idea there were such beauties in the world, even though I
come from quilting Kentucky ancestors. I purchased a beginning quilting
kit and a how-to tape, which included a brief reference to Beyers' book
on tesselation design. THAT minute reference caused me to drift into a
whole new way of thinking, which eventually led to clay ..... and which
is far too long a story to tell here. I still have the tape and the kit,
but suspect they will be for another lifetime. Sure wish we COULD take
it with us. At any rate, thanks for the reminder.

In the Mojave thinking that hmmmmm when I can no longer work with clay,
maybe I'll learn to create ROUND quilts ..... okay, circular for you
purists ... after all, like most potters, I'm sure learning to
appreciate and have some understanding of the concept of "round."