I feel fortunate and grateful to be producing work for the Triangle’s first community supported art program, “Welcome Art in Your Home“, developed and deployed by Open Art Society and Jessica Moore. Shares are on sale now at their website starting at $225 for Early Birds. Community supported art is a growing movement to support local artists, provide access to their work, and connect new collectors to great art being made right in their community. I hope you’ll join us today and become a member.
For my contribution, I’m producing a limited edition set of 50 prints on paper as part of my ongoing series, How To Fold My Heart. The design for the prints is based on prime meridian locations throughout history. The prime meridian is currently located in Greenwich. A general definition:
A prime meridian is a meridian, i.e., a line of longitude, at which longitude is defined to be 0°. A prime meridian and its opposite in a 360°-system, the 180th meridian (at 180° longitude), form a great circle.
This great circle divides the sphere, e.g., the Earth, into two hemispheres. If one uses directions of East and West from a defined prime meridian, then they can be called Eastern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere.
A prime meridian is ultimately arbitrary, unlike an equator, which is determined by the axis of rotation—and various conventions have been used or advocated in different regions and throughout history. [ read more at wikipedia ]
To get started, I first collected a list of historical locations which you can find in the wikipedia entry above.
Next, I use Google Maps to pin the locations and collect the “as the crow flies” distances between the pins which I enter into a spreadsheet.
Using a program called Treemaker, I create a connected tree which becomes the base for my origami folding pattern based on these geographic locations.
Then I allow Treemaker to optimize a folding pattern using the available paper size resulting in a foldable design.
Here is the resulting crease pattern. Red lines indicate mountain folds, while black lines indicate valley folds.
Using this crease pattern, I create mock-ups of possible designs to be implemented as prints.
Given this simple data set of geographic locations, the variations possible in creating the connected tree, the color choices and the separations for the screenprints are practically infinite.
For a brief audio file of a conversation I had with Warren Hicks regarding the creative process for this project, just give this a listen:
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