Thursday, June 11, 2015

Making a Pink Seashell, Part 3.**

It was on the weekend of 6,7 June 2015 and on Monday 8,  that this model was made.  Each day I listened to the ABC Radio Classic 100 SWOON  Music;  25 pieces each day;  Countdown from Friday 5.  Some of the most fabulous classical music in history, nominated by listeners and voted for.

 What will be No 1?
It was Ralph Vaughn Williams'  "The Lark Ascending".  A shatteringly exquisite piece for Violin.  (I wrote about it on my blog         date....)
You can listen online all over the world!   and buy 8 CD set for $59. and look for Swoon 100.
All this pink crochet model continues from the Challenge mentioned in a recent post-   I repeat some images here.........Here  is the completed model;  quite a complex design!

This is the real thing.  Not exactly exact,  but getting there!

This is what it looked like at stage 1.  Slits along the row of 96 stitches.

Oh dear,  blog won't let me post more images just now.
Anyway there needs to be a lot more work in drawing up diagrams and creating text and a good Pattern for crochet,  at last there might be results that people can work with!

Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" was on radio at number 18.  My great favourite;  a real Swoon.   Graham Abbot  years ago did a marvellous Keys to Music program on this-  there are 3 levels of violin-   the orchestra,  a group of 8,  and the solo violins..
Graham said it was "shatteringly beautiful music".  He knows.  He has conducted orchestras playing this Wonderful Work.  I hope that the ABC might repeat this program for us to listen again.

Most poignant is that this piece is really about War-  the British composer volunteered to be an ambulance man, a stretcher bearer in the killing fields of World War 1....1913......
the only beautiful thing in such a place may have been a Skylark in a French field......

And.  Mozart at No 2 was Clarinet Concerto in A.  Adagio.

Beethoven was number 15-  Emperor Concerto slow movement.  It was here that I began to carefully sew up the spiral suture of this seashell model.

a most memorable weekend.

4 July....I would like to post more,.......but my number one key on typewriter does not shop again......and something dodgy is happening to my gmail  account-   I have contacted Google help.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Making a Pink Seashell, Part 2.**

Just to assure that the work is still ongoing:-

This model has been begun and undone quite a few times  and has a way to go before it is ok.  The sewing up the suture spirals is a tricky job and one has to try variations in numbers of stitches.

This one began with 10 crochet chains,  increasing once each 4th stitch every 2nd row until 121.  The thin inner section is reduced to a small square in corner just under where the tip of the spiral will be.
Top area is made by decreasing stitches  121 to 97 to 76 to 63  maybe to 51 or 41......wider at opening of shell.  It is a typical Hyperbolic Geometry shape.

more to follow.....
Insert 12/06/2015
This was sewn up 5/6/2015

Instead of a skewer or such in place,  I just put a bunch of cotton wool to hold the tip in place;  poke it in later.  Small backstitch.

A better Pattern would be 121, the, 97, then it went to 41 stitches which makes a smaller spiral.  51 or 63 would make a more extensive spiral.

**There needs to be diagram and text to support the story-  to be continued.**

Obviously, more fine tuning is needed-  to make more body length-
121 crochet stitches at widest circumference.
To shape the anterior end (rhs)  
With glue, make work stiff,
shape the beginning work area (anterior end) at 10, 15, 18, 22 stitch rows.

The real seashell is 9cm at its widest and 11cm in length.
Spire has more whorls than the model has.


The author, Dr Barry Wilson commented that the mathematics of seashell growth is impossible to comprehend.

No wonder I find difficulties,  am progressing slowly by trial and error.  Crocheting of the hyperbolic shapes is a great step forward, thanks to Dr Daina Taimina.

I remember when I was a little girl of 6 years old.  My family were artists.  Talk among visitors was how creative work was like God's work  (artists were like God).
I used to chase butterflies,  and got the idea to create wings for a butterfly.  First I caught one,  and cut off its wings,  but then I didn't know how to attach paper ones (maybe I didn't even get around to drawing them!).  I still remember the flush of horror and shame as the damaged body was dropped off the edge of the veranda.
The urge to create from Nature is still strong,  and still as elusive to achieve.  Obviously the real article is fabulously, wondrously and intricately wrought,  in comparison to human efforts to copy. Some folk are mystically gifted and almost succeed.
My thought is that Nature Spirits are intimately involved with  the continuous growth of Life Forms. The Telesummit which I recently mentioned in a post did discuss various aspects.  Marco Pogacnik speaks of the Body Elemental who is assigned to each human before we are embodied in matter, coming from spirit, who is there for each one of us.  There must be a similar Nature Elemental which directs the matter spiritually in accordance with the blueprint (Hinagata as the Japanese say)  in all of Nature.
Scientists will argue against this.  It is not in the textbooks.  Yet someone like the late Dr Candice Pert, a USA Molecular Biologist who discovered the site in the brain for opiate receptors speaks up on YouTube interview.  "We are more like flickering flames than lumps of meat".  And she advises us that we are told lies.  Cancer is caused by pollution.
Others are saying that we must think our way spiritually out of the disastrous problems which face our world.  Material thinking needs the balance of respect and awe.   It will be a most creative act to transmute ourselves out of our jinxed condition.  I am talking about myself, obviously.