KUMIHIMO - STRANDS 2012..
the possibility of writing an article for The Braid Society's journal Strands
2012 was discussed, I had begen a series of experiments from my newly published
book The Twenty-Four Interlacements of Edo
Yatsu Gumi, and was eager to share the results. The purple braid on the
right uses two different layouts from the book with five thick silk elements
and three thin metallic elements while the pink and metallic braid uses a third
binary layout with an equal amount of elements - four thick silk and four metallic.
I felt there was potential in this exploration of uneven weight of elements
and materials, particularly for those who like to use braids as jewelry.
in Strands 2012, the
journal of The Braid Society
Rosalie Neilson takes
us on a journey of pattern discovery. The starting point was her recent detailed
analysis of the pattern possibilities of the Edo Yatsu gumi kumihimo braid.
This led her to think about analysing the pattern possibilities for the 16
bobbin Kongo gumi braid - just how many truly different patterns are there?
this initial exploration, I decided to apply one of the binary layouts to a
16-strand braid. I chose two braids to study, Naiki and Kongo Gumi. I braided
the first half of the sample in one interlacement and changed halfway through
to the second interlacement keepinng the same layout.
Naiki braid was chaotic in appearance while the Kongo braid was absolutely beautiful
with its green coil spiraling around. This is the braid I began studying, wondering
how many unique designs there are. So far, I've documented over 1,000 designs!!
Watch for the upcoming publication.