Unity and Shibui
The core goal of design is unity. “Unity is an expression of organization and order” You will find it in the designs you create. It is there if there is a pattern or scheme, and if you create a schematic arrangement such as a flower in your composition of a diagram or other representation. What you create may be symbolic and simplified both are conceptually schematic. I am conscious of the unity I build into the Shibui I create. How I work the color around the foundation infuses unity, it establishes it. A viewer will focus on and follow color around the image when it is done. Color, design, these are road maps for the mind.
As I developed Shibui I became aware that it reminded me of something I had seen before. Something I still love! The first recall was the work of Alphonse Mucha. This came my way as a young girl in the form of cards in a very old brown album. The second form of art was my growing love of Japanese prints. I would get comments from patrons who would comment about my work reminding them of Japanese prints, that they were delicate, dainty. I thought about this, and realise they were making a connection to the color and the Black India Ink lines. While at USM one of my classes was in part about design. We created images using Black India Ink and played with design. This too was something I loved doing, it shows up in the Shibui I create. When I work at Shibui I feel that design mode I fall into.