January 18, 2016
I’ve been working on putting together the colored paper tiles people have sent me for my gathering of stars (see Invitation to My Sandbox). This will be a short post to let those of you are participating to let you know that I am in the assembly stage, and that it’s going well, and to say thank you again to all the people who are participating.
Also, I wanted to publicly answer a question my friend Rowan Jai asked as he handed me his tile, just before heading back to college in NYC. He asked if I would be doing any more of these stars? I am assembled two of them at the moment, but he wanted to know if this would be all. I told him I hope to keep doing these for the rest of my life. It’s not that I want to do this project exclusively, but I can see this project being repeated at the summer lunch program for children in our community, at schools that I teach in, and at all sorts of gatherings of people that I am part of. I see this as an on-going project that supports my belief in diversity and unity. There’s no reason to ever consider it ending.
For now, though, my focus will be on getting these first two stars together well. I have to sharpen up some of my computer skills, but that’s happening just fine. The toughest part so far is getting lost in the unexpected patterns that are emerging. At the corners where the different tiles meet, triangles and other shapes come together, colored by different people, and create the most beautifully filled in shapes. This project is fertile ground for surprises as I have not been able to even begin to envision what the final look of the stars will be. One thing that I had hoped is in fact happening, and that is that the underlying geometry of the 12-fold rosette is beautifully, gracefully, and effortlessly holding together all the various decisions that people have overlaid on their own piece of star.
There are still few small edges that I can send out to people to color. I had planned to color these in myself, but I am happy to send them to anyone who would like to be part of this project. Be in touch by email at paula12fold at gmaildotcom or leave a comment below.