Monthly Archives: March 2013

History 221: Henry VII

In a nutshell, Henry VII became king because his father was Edmund Tudor of Welsh royal lineage and his mother was a descendant of Edward III. He was in good position to become king. Henry ascended to the throne due to his success in battle where he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. During Henry VII’s reign he successfully restored faith in the monarchy as he strengthened the judicial system and the treasury was left very secure under his rule. Henry VIII was left with a wealthy, secure throne. Henry VII used heraldic devices to show his people the connection between good things happening and his rule. He added his family’s royal insignia and symbolism everywhere to show the source of the success, strength and power of the monarchy.

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in History 221 Class Notes


Color Week

Color seems like a small word to describe all that color is and does in our world. Often taken for granted, the very idea of what is happening when color is seen is worthy of study. Interestingly enough, we all see each color in a unique way. It is never really the same interpretation from one person to the next. Ask someone to describe a color and you will see what I mean. Our eyes literally do not see the same color from person to person. IMAG0119

The relativity of color is so interesting as well. To see yellow with white and then to compare yellow against red or blue is quite different. Whatever you surround the other color with you will get an interesting morphing of the originals and until they are pure again by removing the other color. Seeming transparency and vibration occurs when you bring complimentary colors together. IMAG0118 As noted in Josef Albers book Interaction of Color, a study of contrasts and compliments is very educational. IN the forward of the book Albers states “It brings infininte personal pleasure while perpetually expanding the way that colors are used and perceived in art, architecture, textiles, interior design, and graphic media at every level of technology.”

Our studio work was first to get us to see the complimentary colors and their mix. Light and shade and their middle mix.
Next we explored how to achieve a middle mix using three colors. We continued learning to take four colors and add a lighter mix to create mixes. Finally we created a diamond shaped color comparison with three way mixes creating a lighter half and a darker half.
We are now reading Christopher Alexander’s Nature of Order regarding color and how it compares to our previous readings regarding the 15 properties of design. The “Inner Light” created in the unfolding process or color quality which arises as something comes to life, approaches and reveals the “I”. The “I” is a sub-stratum which Alexander says forms a matrix for all matter united. A conduit for interaction with us. The “I” can be seen as a certain kind of color. This is the phenomenon of “Inner Light”. When color is whole we experience the color as a single field of color, pure and unbroken UNITY.<a

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Projects


Andy Goldsworthy


Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish sculptor is one of my favorite artists now. Thanks for showing Rivers and Streams Stoel…

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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Class Notes 102 and 112


Weekly Wrap

We are learning about sculpture and presented some overview of our assigned artist to the class this week. Matt and I presented on the artist Deborah Butterfield. Her sculpture in the Weatherspoon Sculpture Garden is one of her horses that so accurately show the nature of the horse. Her closeness and attention is amazing in representing the aura of the horse and it’s gentle strength.


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Posted by on March 2, 2013 in Class Notes 102 and 112


Baroque and Rococo Influences

baroque garden Baroque style is underscored by the views of Humanism at the time where man is separate from nature and that man is superior. The Baroque view advocated control of nature, which was considered dark and primitive. Women were considered part of nature and were to be controlled. The elaborate gardens were evidence of their supposed control of nature by potting plants and making boundaries to contain the growth and expansion of nature. The bushes are tortured and contorted into spiral or animal shapes. Their aim with the gardens was to show they “have” nature but that they dominated it. Their buildings were very rigid with ordered proportions using classical proportions and classical icons from the past. The Baroque use of dado to protect the painted walls and artwork with swirling scenes that have a quality of movement that makes them seem ready to move at any second. They still contained the movement of the paintings within the rectangular frames. There are so many features of the Baroque era including the Versailles, Hall of Mirrors
evolution of the french parquet flooring, the large-scale unblemished mirrors and the use of strong, bold, dark colors for the color palettes of the rooms of the time. These elements are still used today in parquet flooring, boiserie, a french wood paneling and the classical french style which still is a standard of design today. boiserie

frag_swing Rococo style is known for it’s frivolous attitude influenced by the ideas of fantasy, love, happiness and pleasure. Rococo style is identified by it’s use of seashell motifs, and the use of rocks, dripping water and Eastern exoticism showing pagodas and Eastern figures. Trade with the East has made the influences visible in French design at the time. Colonialism is at it’s peak and France controlled fashion the world over. This is the pinnacle of French influence as the guild system has allowed products produced in France to be influential and in demand. Lace, brocade and pastel colors painted the landscape of fashion and decor of the cities and a more relaxed, comfort driven design demand was replacing the rigid formality of the Baroque period. England is at war, Italy’s influence has faded and France is center stage. The demand for exquisite pieces of small, movable furniture for personal use was a new phenomenon and created works that are still in use today such as the side tables, sewing tables and bureaus. The work of Jean-Francois Oeben is incredible. He specialized in crafting small, elaborately fitted, multi-purpose pieces of furniture with mechanical parts. 2006AN0757 The new seating arrangements and options for how to socially engage with the arrangement of furniture placement and mobility opens a new era of social hierarchy rules which were loosened and more comfortable. This has been an enormous influence on modern furniture design and homes designed for living and entertaining. <a