19.3.11

Golden Measurements in Spiral Designs

Polygon, 5 sided star with spiral by Minaz Jantz
Polygon, 5 sided star with spiral by Minaz Jantz

I explored making a variety of spiral patterns by creating on tracing paper using a pencil, first drawing out the golden triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles as the main structure for spiral design elements. 


Spiral Designs from Golden Measurements:

One of the drafting tools I use is a drafting compass to mark of measures from my ruler then using a clear view drafting triangle, I join the construction marks with a pencil. Once I have created my desired shapes,  I will erase with a white eraser all the construction marks to finish with a black felt tip marker pen sometimes freehand copying and other times redrawing with a ruler for straighter edges.


Spiral staircase
Spiral staircase

Spirals have always been a fascination as a design element in everything from seashells to architecture. I like to design rooms that make us move into and out of a spiral and my favourite feature, spiral staircases that saves room and opens the upper and lower spaces so beautifully.


Spiral architecture featured in tall building
Spiral architecture featured in the tall building

The Nautilus Shell which is called a logarithmic spiral and is used by many cultures in fashionable adornments to symbolize magical properties of expansion and renewal. In order for man to use the spiral shapes to build upon, we must learn to build the various spiral shapes, starting from a variety of golden phi rectangles, squares and triangles.




Spiral's are a spiders best design element
Spiral's are a spiders best design element

Spider webs, shells, animal horns, pine cones, are only a few examples of a natural spiral and here is an architect who designed a house in the shape of a shell... I wonder if they can hear the ocean waves?



HOW to videos on making spiral designs!



Learning to draw spirals is the last set of my lessons from the textbook 'Universal Patterns; The Golden Relationship: Art, Math, & Nature' by Martha Boles & Rochelle Newman. It was the most fun to learn the different ways to create a variety of spirals and one of my favourites is the Fibonacci spiral demonstrated in the above youtube video.


Golden triangle, rectangle  and circle spiral design by Minaz Jantz
Golden triangle, rectangle
and circle spiral design by Minaz Jantz

'Indigenous Spell', by Minaz Jantz Copic Markers on Bristol Paper
'Indigenous Spell', by Minaz Jantz
Copic Markers on Bristol Paper

I really enjoyed learning about the golden mathematics and how much fun it is to use these individualistic shapes to also mix them together making unique works of art. The black and white is very dynamic for this style of art making but will look forward to challenging colour with the geometry.

Spiral Inspired, Minaz

1 comment :

Toyin O. said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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