10.31.2013

string journal

Yep, I think it's pretty clear to everyone by now that I have lost my mind..........the first four drawings from my moleskine string journal:




 this ball of string was just about the end of me:





The concept is that they can all be "joined" like a continuous piece of string - works better on some than others:


hx

23 comments:

  1. Amazing! Where's a cat when you need her? NancyD

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  2. Hmmmm, gives new meaning to the idea of "String Theory" as taught in Physics classes at Yale, Dartmouth or Princeton I think! :-)

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  3. I just love your imagination! Clever!

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  4. I love this, especially the idea of a continuous string in the whole journal. It's an interesting insight into how your mind works. I think. ;)

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    1. Ah, my mind......I imagine it's like a kids room that exploded up there, Genevieve - stuff lying everywhere, lots of things half done - you wouldn't be able to walk around without tripping over or standing on something :)

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  5. Oh Helen, that is so cool!! I have a Moleskine Japanese notebook. I hope you don't mind but I am going to copy/plagiarize/use as inspiration (like that best) your idea - got a lot of work ahead of me learning to draw the strings - so simple, yet so difficult to get the realistic look of your work - there it is with those curves again (I did type "curse" - wonder if that was a Freudian typing slip!?) Thank you so much for continuing to share with us. I am always totally amazed that we are all so far apart but so connected by the internet - it is a joy and a delight - but almost unimaginable. I remember so clearly when we emigrated to Sydney in the mid 60's, letters took 3 weeks to get to England, phone calls had to be made through the operator and were booked weeks in advance, especially around the holidays - the world was so huge then, so daunting in the way we were severed from our homes and families - and now look at us: instantaneously communicating, sharing our enthusiasms and talents with people we've never met, are never likely to meet, but who are our friends. Our kids think it is just so normal, I still think of it as almost miraculous, magical!
    Thanks for sharing with us Helen - it is a joy to see your work available on my screen whenever I want! Jakki

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    1. Hi Jakki - go for it! That's what it's all about - I got my initial inspiration from another drawing and it has just grown from there :) Though I absolutely love, love the internet - I am still completely amazed by it. - and how fast it has evolved. Our first internet capable computer (we brought it when we lived in Singapore in 1996) cost us around $3000 and had 1GB hard drive. Oh how things have changed. Now, my ipod can do more than that computer could. Incredible stuff. Enjoy playing with your strings!

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    2. Taking about computers. My first was a very expensive Atari in 1987! It had no hard disk and I thought the small floppies (instead of the usual large ones) were state of the art. My printer had 2 type-faces (one rounded and and one angular) which had to be set manually. The printer had 24 pins, so it was also state of the art, since 'normal' printers had only 9. Everything was saved onto little floppy disks and it was well before the age of modernity. But my father died in 1961, 8 years before NASA went digital, before colour TV became standard and before the advent of modern drugs that could have saved his life.
      Somehow I always think of my dad when I sit here marvelling at modern technology!

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  6. Great stuff, Helen. I wonder if using a double pen/pencil (i.e. 2 tied together) would be an option? Another thought: This would be ideal material for a leporello!

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  7. You have far more patience than me Helen! Lol

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  8. Helen, what a great idea, I love the way the pages all join together

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  9. Helen, your pages of string are fantastic. I really enjoy your blog with your drawings and stories. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  10. This is a great excerise in drawing lines, straight and curved. Thank you for sharing, I really like it and plan to practice drawing strings.

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  11. Wow! this is great, I have a long flight coming up soon, and this would be such a great time to practice without interruptions. Love the ball of string

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  12. Helen, Thank you for sharing your work. I love your drawings and have tried to copy your strings. I wonder how you get the lines in your string so perfectly parallel? I end up with lines that go fat and skinny. Lana

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    1. Hi Lana,

      Thank you! It really just comes down to practice and taking your time with it. My strings are still wobbly, but they're a lot better than when I first started :) Helen

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