Bib. Package 06 (Feb. 22)


Reference Package 6

Laurel McLeod

Feb. 22, 2019

Ball, Philip. The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature. Oxford [England]; New York;: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Philip Ball’s The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature is a highly relevant text in relation to my practice as it explains how nature creates itself by self-organizing using simple interactions between elements. My interest in this book is due to its consideration of patterns in nature as being universal, this including spirals, honeycombs, and stripes, which I have often found going for walks collecting materials. As Ball describes how such patterns are made, I am able to incorporate this into my own work as I too am looking for ways to increase my repertoire when it comes to generating patterns through process. I am motivated in creating the work I do not just because the patterns developed are striking but because they can be highly complex, this being fascinating as they are naturally occurring and spontaneous, as Ball states. I am also looking further into how I can bring an audience into a work to engage them initially. Considering the chapter headings of this text shows how one can approach this through introducing titles including “Bubbles”, “Bodies”, and “Breakdowns”.

Coole, Diana, Samantha Frost, Jane Bennett, Pheng Cheah, Melissa A. Orlie, and Elizabeth Grosz. New Materialisms. Duke University Press, 2010. doi:10.1215/9780822392996.