I have always liked things in seried ranks, ornaments that fall into line, borders. That is one of the reasons why I like Paul Klee so much. He plays with monotony building up row after row of elements in some of his pictures – and then does something unexpected to break it.
Today two old books and a black and a golden pen became my toys. I tore out pages of a book on environmental issues – found at Idle Time Books in 18th Street for 1$ – and made them the background for my ornaments.
The inspiration for my drawings came – as so often these days – from a walk down memory lane: an old cross stitching pattern book, issued in Copenhagen in 1944 (Holger Kapel; Moderne Korsting. Baade fugl og fisk). This man, Holger, translated everything into cross stitching patterns – maybe a wise occupation during World War II!!
But I chose the easy way today: no embroidery, just black and golden ink. I borrowed Holger’s images and changed them somewhat to fit into my pages.
What fun on a cloudy and rainy spring day!
And by the way: Paul Klee was the one who wrote in his book Graphik from 1956: