Me and math are best friends. Math? Say what? What does that have to do with anything?
Well, I believe that my love for math helps me create beautiful art. A quick online search about math and art will bring up a vast amount of articles on how and why the two can go together.
This week, I am helping a friend learn geometry, statistics, and algebra for a test she is taking soon. Yesterday, I mentioned Leonardo DaVinci to her and how it is believed his drawings and paintings are full of math concepts such as geometry and the golden ratio. Which is pretty cool!
So, how does math help me in art and how could it possibly help you in learning this type of jewelry art?
Simply put: jigsaw puzzles.
Puzzles and math go hand in hand. Puzzles can help to develop spatial reasoning. Reasoning and logic are math concepts.
A search of ‘puzzles and math’ this morning turned up a pretty fun website, if you’d like to see it. https://www.coolmathgames.com/0-jigsaw-puzzles They have free puzzles you can do.
For me, puzzles are similar to jewelry art. Imagine this:
- a cleared off table is like a blank canvas
- puzzle pieces can be sorted into edges, like colors and like shapes and jewelry can be sorted into like colors, types, and shapes
- a puzzle box gives you a visual of what the pieces are making and where they go and our creativity can give us a visual for what we want our art pieces to look like and where the jewelry goes
- sometimes a puzzle piece we choose doesn’t quite fit, logic says to get another piece and try again
- sometimes a jewelry piece doesn’t quite fit on the canvas, logic says look for another piece and try again
- each puzzle piece builds towards the whole puzzle and each jewelry piece added to the canvas does the same
- when the last piece of the puzzle goes in, there’s a ’masterpiece’ and when the last piece of jewelry goes on, there’s a ‘masterpiece’, too
If math is not your thing, that’s fine. If puzzles aren’t for you, that’s a-ok. This kind of art is adaptable and accessible for everyone to learn. It just takes something to create on, some jewelry, and some glue.
Personally, for me though, I’ve noticed that the more puzzles and math I do, the more ideas I get for art.
Here’s my latest piece:
Here are some of the puzzles I’ve been working on:
It may just come down to the things we are passionate about. A singer may be inspired by music for their art. A gardener may look at their flowers and create art from seeing the shapes and colors. And, a girl like me, might get ideas from doing math.
Thanks for reading.