Associating fractals with architectural design is not a new thing – I don’t make any claims there. In fact, fractal geometry was used as a basis for the design of places to live long before we had a name for it – especially in Africa. There’s a TED blog about this very thing – just search for fractal architecture and you’ll find it.
I, however, like to make fractals using no intent, then capture images according to what my imagination lets me see. The fantastic universes I am able to explore have their own landscapes and their own architecture, and the “creatures” that some of the flame fractals reveal are alien yet familiar. I like placing them in the alien worlds and imagining what might be unfolding.
For the Square Foot Show at the Westland Gallery in London, Ontario, I created two pieces of fractal art, each a 12×12″ metal print, with a hint at alien architecture in common. Keep in mind these photographs are of the metal prints themselves. As usual, they are tough to portray in photography because of the reflective surface, and you really need to see them in person – preferably in good light. For one reason or another these both ended up on the bottom row of the wall at the gallery – not ideal when they look their best with light bouncing into your eyes! However, there is literally more wonderful art per square foot in that gallery right now than there is for many galleries all year. This is a great show, and the opening night was packed with people. You could barely move around. It also happened to be pretty hot and humid that day – so many of us ended up just outside the door fanning ourselves. The ice cold drinks were going fast!
The show is on until August 12. Go check it out if you can.
Occupant. Digital Fractal Art printed on metal, single edition print. $195. Artist Lianne Todd
Beacon. Digital Fractal Art printed on metal, single edition print. $195. Artist Lianne Todd
I’m excited to have some new fractal art to show you in a week at the Oxford Studio Tour.
We have thirty-one artists at seventeen locations throughout Oxford County, Ontario, Canada in the heart of the southwestern part of this province. It will be a fun day trip for anyone in the region – even those coming out from Toronto! (Wouldn’t it be nice to get out of the city for a day or two?)
Here is a preview of one of the fractals. I have printed it (using Posterjack) on metal, 20×20″ and that is the only print I will do, so it is an original piece. It is created digitally using the Mandelbulb 3D software. As I find usual and striking for fractals, it looks very natural. It is pretty obvious what I thought it resembled! I hope you’ll come and see it. I think it would make a great piece to gaze at from anywhere in your house, while you consider nature and its mysteries, and it draws you in close, as well – as all fractals do with their self-similarity on smaller and smaller scales.
I call this one Ocean Floor:
Ocean Floor. Digital Fractal Art. Lianne Todd. This image has now been printed on metal as a single edition. 20×20″. $345.00
Yesterday, my scarf order FINALLY arrived. (I ordered it December 15. It is now March 1 – Hardly the 30 days between order and shipping that was promised by the company). I received several surprises between then and now, and not all of them were pleasant. Please know, I have been on their case about the lateness of the order fulfillment, among other things, and while they were not prompt with their response, either, they have responded and are taking measures to remedy the situation for the future. At least, that is what they are trying to do. They are a pretty new company, so I guess we can give them the benefit of the doubt. If you, like me, placed an order, I hope yours has also arrived. If not, I am sure it will, very soon. And I am sorry if it hasn’t. In every other way, the VIDA company has dealt with me fairly and has generously kept my page live past the original deadline. For that I thank them.
Now, on to the scarf! I only ordered the one design, so I don’t know how other designs will turn out. The colours are a little different from the original design – some are more intense and others a slightly different hue, but the clarity of the image is great and the quality of the scarf is quite nice. All in all, I’m happy. I hope you will be too if you purchased any. Thank you for doing so!
The original design compared to the actual scarf (which I haven’t ironed yet – sorry!):
The artists’ group I am a member of, the Artists of Oxford, is having a group show at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and the opening for the show is this Sunday, 2-4 pm. I’ve got two pieces in the show, and they are both digital fractals printed on acrylic. One is called Diaphanous, the other is called Indeterminate.
I hope you’ll be able to join us for the opening or make it to the show while it is on!
I still have my design page on VIDA, where you can purchase the 100% natural Charmeuse silk square scarves with my fractal designs on them. These are larger (34.5×34.5″) than any of my wall pieces with the added value of being wearable! VIDA emailed me the other day letting me know traffic to my page has been strong, and in the email they sent a few coupon codes for me to pass along.
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I have the detailed information for the show I told you about a while ago, and I also want to tell you about another show, so please scroll down!
This is a free event, and there will be refreshments served. The Elm Hurst is a lovely place to dine, and the food is really good, but don’t feel obligated to stay for dinner if you can’t. The gallery is in the hallway between the lobby and the restaurant.
On July 19 I will also be participating in a one-day outdoor show at the Quai du Vin Estate Winery, called Off the Wall!…and Off the Vine. The winery is near Sparta, ON. My tent will be in the area called “El Prado”. At this show I will mainly be exhibiting my more traditional watercolours, which you may see more of at my other site, liannetodd.wordpress.com. I will have some new winery-themed pieces. Here are the details:
It is an absolutely beautiful day today in Otterville, full of colour and the patterns of nature, so I plan to spend some time outside. It was during another beautiful day a few years back, hiking in the woods at Awenda Provincial Park, that I came across many kinds of fungus. I took a number of photos, and an edited version of one of them ended up as part of this image I am presenting to you today.
On another completely separate occasion, I was creating fractal images and found that, as is often the case, there were distinctly natural and vegetative features recognizable in one. I saved it, and later on when looking through all of my photos, I noticed how well the features in it mimicked and extrapolated the patterns of growth I had noticed in the fungal photo. I had even just happened, by whim, to have edited the photo so that its colours matched the ones I had, by chance, used in the fractal creation.
What you see below is a digital collage of the natural and the generated fractal patterns, printed on metal. Once again nature shows how it is a manifestation of the fractal patterns of the universe.
Following the Patterns. Digital Fractal Art printed on metal, single edition. 16×16″. Artist Lianne Todd. SOLD. Private Collection.
I just wanted to say thank you to all the studio tourists who took their precious weekend time to drive out my way and visit my studio. It was a pleasure to meet you or see you again, and I had fun giving brief explanations of fractals and their significance when you showed an interest. If you want to see some more of them in person, right now there are four on display at the restaurant Sixthirtynine in Woodstock, ON. A very fine restaurant suitable for a special dinner date!
On the tour weekend I presented a few new fractals. This is one of them (watermarked):
This one doesn’t really reflect the natural world so much as it reflects our complicated man-made world. It’s not likely that most cogs in our machines are this pretty, but there is definitely a complexity in our modern technology that has beauty. Some of that complexity, for instance, is contained in the very machine you are viewing this on. Maybe there are no cogs, but the minutiae of its workings have to rival the intricacy they feature. The background of this piece could also be compared to the circuitry involved in some of our other more powerful pieces of technology. For instance, if you have a smart phone, the antenna that makes it all work had to be a fractal, or we simply wouldn’t have smart phones.
For a while I was referring to this image to myself as the steampunk fractal, as I have recently become enamored with all things steampunk. However, giving it such a title didn’t seem to really fit. These are far from steampunk-type gears, they aren’t real, and the machinery is not reminiscent of anything very old-fashioned. This is just a nod to the genre!
The Station Arts Centre has turned out to be a great location for my original series of fractal art. Their new lighting system really shows off the metal prints well, and the one wall was the perfect length to show off the larger paintings all together. Much better than crowding them into my home gallery, that’s for sure!
Here I am with a few of the pieces, on the night of the opening:
Also, the Station Arts Centre took a few photos on the night of the opening and posted them on their Facebook page. You can view them here.
I haven’t written in a little while but I now have some great news for followers in the area who haven’t had a chance to see my fractals in person yet. I am showing those that are left (31 pieces) at the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg for the month of March. The show opens March 6 (this Friday) at 7-9 pm. It runs until April 7. The show is called, this time, A Fractal Universe. Come land in it!