Temari compels you to keep going just to see what happens! Like a light bulb in your mind, it constantly surprises and delights.
For the sheer pleasure and joy of it. It is at the same time calming and compelling. Temari patterns develop in ways that are surprising and unexpected, often the inverse of what is assumed. Temari expands thinking skills. Like yoga for the mind, it gently exercises, reaching beyond for more flexibility. It extends your thinking processes beyond what is apparent, known and obvious. But it is utterly logical and completely organized. It is the kind of knowledge that provokes new ideas and different solutions to everyday questions and problems of all kinds. It is “thinking outside the box.” As a design process, it gives an open invitation to play with colors in proportions and combinations that are unusual. It stimulates new or innovative combinations of colors because it is non-pictorial. It lures the designer to move into new areas, unencumbered by Western culture’s symbolic colors, i.e., blue for sky, green for plants, red for flowers because most Temari patterns are symbolic, not pictorial. So, experimentation with color is completely open-ended.
Temari’s measuring technique is like nothing in Western culture. Yet its methods are so simple! We wonder why there is nothing like it anywhere in the world. Like reading a good book, Temari compels you to keep going just to see what happens! Like a light bulb in your mind, it constantly surprises and delights. Till next time!