Wednesday, May 8, 2013

as we embark on the journey of building
a garage/studio and rebuilding
a house
i've been thinking of the patterning process,
mapping a dream,
and was reminded how it began with 
a pattern language.
and then
this surfaced:
 published in 1965
 another book about charting
 as usual, i've never gone into the exegesis
let alone read the entire thing,
just used what i wanted, frankly.
 (i may be the world's guiltiest skipper)
but,  just look at these illustrations!
 and then i saw this one, and my head,
like the unfortunate boy's 
 blue lines
 my pack always looks like this

 the curves for watercraft 

 i LOVE this
all alone
who says?
who says?
all you need is a little perspective!


aimee said...

what a treasure! i dreamed of swimming like that, but with head above water, last night.

Ms. said...

I just dropped into the way past/---and it was pure fun.

Valerianna said...

Goodness.. not even sure what to make of all those charts. I love that road illustration - beautiful light. It has beautiful dimensionality, yet is somewhat flat. Does that make sense?

Valerianna said...

Oh, and, that guy in the car with STOP is Clark Kent, I think, with kid gloves on... and I didn't get why the caption underneath the kid with the Dr. asks the question it does? My, I'm getting waaaaay into studying these!

Velma Bolyard said...

aimee, why were you swimming so strangely?
ms, yes, my past, too.
valerie, it's a hoot, this book. i just love it. and it's totally got me thinking about the mapping/tracking thing.

india flint said...


neki desu said...

the guy has the dick tracy attributive hat and the book is a gem of a book.
building and re-building?

Velma Bolyard said...

india, serpently!
neki, nifty hat!

jude said...

i always imaging my work might be an illustration of how it happened.

Velma Bolyard said...

of course you do, jude, it's narrative implicit

Anonymous said...

sometimes the mapping is the best part of the journey. I will join you in the "skipping club"

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i am SO guilty about the skipping thing...sometimes i make myself read an entire book because i really want to know something, but i forget all but what i actually needed to read.

Fiona Dempster said...

Hi V - I really loved the blue lines that the boy was swimming in - they were divine! A lovely little wander - I thought your skipping left us with some gems!

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, fiona!

Anonymous said...

what a very cool book! thanks for sharing.
i'm going to go look for my copy of a pattern language, it's been a long time....

Velma Bolyard said...

it's one of those classics that are important in so many ways

Anonymous said...

what a cool vintage book! and yeah, how dismissive of the Egyptians and medievalists... can't wait to see how studio emerges...

Velma Bolyard said...

dee, me, too!

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