Wonder31 #7: Pinwheel

Buzz Lightyear: "You my friend are responsible for delaying my rendezvous with star command!" Woody: "You are a toy!"

A pinwheel is a type of whirligig, an object that spins or whirls, typically with the wind. To solve the riddle of the pinwheel, I took a quick inventory of my memories for some personal link, meaning or symbolism. Two memories came to mind - an early memory of holding a pinwheel at a picnic or an amusement park, watching it spin in the wind. And another of my daughters, one standing, one in a stroller, outside the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. They were holding pinwheels, gifts from their grandfather from the gift shop.

Per Wikipedia, "whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlybirds..." 

So what did I do for this prompt?

A few days ago, I'd stitched a gelatin print to a painted 3x5" index card using embroidery floss. I made the card just to see what it would look like. I had made this particular gelatin print maybe two years ago and I LOVED this little zone within the print, the point where two colors met and the overlay of texture from cheesecloth.There are a bunch of index cards in various stages of completion.... sitting on my art desk. It's OK to make stuff without having a specific purpose for the aforementioned stuff. The little components that you make may ultimately morph into the raw materials for something else. They may spark ideas. They may take you on a path you never would have dreamed up. A surprising amount of art comes together through synergy or synchronicity or serendipity. After all, it's been scientifically proven that 1 idea multiplied by 5 ideas equals 77 ideas. You need that multiplier, folks. And the multiplier is make, make, making all of the time. You need fodder. Ideas. Contemplations.  

Back to the prompt. I decided to paint a mandala to represent a pinwheel and I painted right up to the edge of the print and then I could "see" it extending out over the print, over the stitching, to catch the breeze and spin around.  

More about the engaging art of making your own gelatin printing plate in this post about gelatin print-making.

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