We are introduced to the concept of tangleations on Day 7 – the idea of making changes to a tangle to alter it subtly but significantly. This turns a relatively limited palette of tangles into a far wider, perhaps even endless array to choose from. It also helps to alter a tangle that doesn’t quite work into one that does. In addition it allows room for a bit of individual imagination – this takes a step closer to real art, when you can feel like you are creating something new.
After filling a page of my sketchbook with various tweaks on my handful of learned tangles I embark on the second ATC –
and that’s where it all goes wrong. Nothing comes out as I hope it to – everything feels awkward and looks wrong. I finish, with a sense of dissatisfaction, and shove it away with little more time than it takes me to sign and date it.
When I come back to it a few days later, I realise I didn’t jot down my customary few lines having finished. This was the one that got away – that held it’s hand up and flounced out with a ‘no comment’. This is the one that I’ve taken against.
Looking at it now I can’t tell up from down, and not in a good way. It defies gravity. It’s vaguely sea-based, pebbles and waves – but man-made too – structures attempting and failing to hold back the tide. Strange thundercloud loops and little bits of lightning and a string of black beads that cast a deep shadow.
And then I remember that the day I made this tile was hot and humid and we were waiting for storms that we didn’t know yet were coming – it seems I’m forecasting the weather within my tiles. And realising this I come to like my tile a little more!