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Friday, July 11, 2014

Mammo Crux

This week's Diva challenge invited us to play with Crux by Henrike Bratz.  At first, my hand immediately tried to create Bales.  I had to consciously and deliberately think about each line or each stroke as I worked on the diagonals.  This pattern was an interesting reminder about taking a pattern one line at a time.  I found this pattern quite interesting to put together and to watch it work in the end.  Fun!  I will have to play with this one some more soon.

My piece was created in my 2014 Tangle-A-Day Calendar by Carole Ohl, CZT.  I love working in the book, but I can rarely get it to scan well enough.  I think too much light gets in when I scan it.  When I try to edit, the shading gets too washed out.  Oh well, it's a sunnier version than in person.  That can't be a bad thing, right?

I created this piece in the imaging waiting room before having my first routine mammogram.  Joy.  I felt inspired by breasts (gee, I wonder why).  I pencilled a breast-inspired string similar to this:

The string is basically three concentric circles.  Keep in mind they don't have to be perfectly straight or central!  No two breasts are alike or perfectly round, right?  The string I created in the calendar reminded me of a fried egg, to be perfectly honest.  

I love how strings, like our tangles, don't have to be perfect.  They don't even have to be used at all.  Strings can help guide us along our tangling way or merely give us a starting off point.  We can follow the lines, carefully staying with, or we can venture out on a tangling adventure.  

If I were drawing my string after the exam, I think the circles would all be flattened.  Ouch!  


  1. Beautiful tangle and I love the inspiration although I empathize with your experience. Mammograms are so important but not fun, ouch! Squished! I especially like the fescu around the edges, adds playfulness. And of course sunnier is always better :-)
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  2. even colored it pinkish peach, like a breast. hahaha
    aka heidiSue

  3. Love the art AND the inspiration! That is a great way to remember what happened on that day in your calendar!

  4. This is very lovely and fun how you took inspiration!!

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