No matter, I am plowing on and although this blog is called first & last that is only because I have finished the cover 'page' & the colophon of the series. Really I have one more I am doing a lot of thinking about: The Look of Numbers. That would be the ways numbers are treated by graphic artists.
One night George and I played a magnificent game of other sensory ways of thinking about numbers: the sound, the taste, the smell, the tactile feel of numbers.... all of the was hugely entertaining, but I'm not sure if it's quilt-worthy!
The quilt list
a white quilt about zero
a 'spiritual' [also mostly white] one about 1
double double is about the powers of two
a my torso body-print for 3 [I expect questions]
4 is about my 4 usual ways of thinking about numbers [derived from the children's book I wrote but didn't publish]
5 is about what follows from tying a knot from transparent ribbon just so
6 is about hexominoes
7 is about my birthday 7/7
8 is about symmetric numbers [point & line symmetric]
9 is about patterns hidden in the times table
10 is about my hands & feet [fingers & toes]
11 is about eleven-point stars [in the pentagram, hexagram, octogram sequence]
12 is about clocks
13 is about cards
And there is one quilt about fractions which is basically a pure math lecture from a book I studied from twice.
So my First, which will be first when I show it, which I completed in April.... detail....
You can shift the screen so you can read/see the whole thing.
And today I finished my Last, the Colophon Quilt. The colophon in a hand printed, artisan printing pressed book is where the artist gets to tell some of the story of the fonts, the paper, the binding type, & maybe even the history of the book making.
You can shift the screen so you can read the text.
I have had so much fun with this project and now have 3 or 4 new reading books in my house about numbers, mathematics, & mathematicians. I have for sure reclaimed that part of myself. It feels just fine. Oh, & I watch Vi Hart videos & the British math-geeks who do Numberphile videos on Youtube.
I have no idea yet how I'll pull this together for A Show, but I will.
Working to get the Cuisenaire rods onto the quilt was a bitch, frankly. I really got messed up with measurement & unevenness problems. But in the end I do believe in the forgiving eye, within limits, and this Colophon Quilt really tested me. Much had to be redone to allow even my eye to not get caught up in non-perfection. Lots of problem-solving!
That's it for today.