Chicken Wire and The Flower of Life

Hexagonal Quilt Flower from Eco Printed Fabric II 29 January 2015This is what’s called, in quilting circles, the flower arrangement – six hexagonal petals and a seventh for the centre.

I’ve made this flower from a piece of eco-printed cloth. It’s from the very first batch of fabrics and papers I eco-printed.

They’re just placed like this for now – not stitched together. I’m not a quiltmaker, have never quilted anything. I made the hexagons using a little template I got from my local quilting shop.You can see there’s an inner hexagon pencilled onto each – that’s to make seams.

I wanted to use this eco printed fabric to form a backdrop of hexagonals. The hexagon is ubiquitious in organic chemistry, where it is used to express the basic building blocks of life. The hexagonal mesh of chicken wire is similar to the regular hexagonal patterns of many chemical compounds.

In so-named sacred geometry, the hexagon becomes the flower of life. From Wikipedia:
Sacred geometry is used as a religious, philosophical, and spiritual term to explain the fundamental laws of the universe covering pythagorean geometry and the perceived relationships between geometrical laws and quantum mechanical laws of the universe that create the geometrical patterns in nature.[dubiousdiscuss][citation needed] Many Gothic cathedrals were built using proportions derived from the geometry inherent in the cube and double-cube; this tradition continues in modern Christian churches to the present time.[4] churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, tabernacles; as well as for sacred spaces such as temenoi, sacred groves, village greens and holy wells, and the creation of religious art. In sacred geometry, symbolic and sacred meanings are ascribed to certain geometric shapes and certain geometric proportions, according to Paul Calter and others:[1]

All food for thought for my Below The Line project.



About AnnIsikArts

Artist/Writer/Chess Enthusiast/Musician (Singer)/Gardener
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3 Responses to Chicken Wire and The Flower of Life

  1. I have come to the conclusion that you are brillliant. It must be extremely boring to exchange communications with me. Thank you for being so kind about it. That makes you a very special person. 🙂


    • AnnIsikArts says:

      Hang around – you’ll soon find out how brilliant I am not. Brilliant’s overrated anyway. Now, ‘loving’, is entirely underrated, and yet, the most important thing in the world. Can’t do it, but the struggle to achieve it’s the thing. And you’re lovely. And entertaining.And talented. I’m really pleased we’ve ‘met’. Just for the record.

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