When Small is about the Bigger Picture
When we play with patches, we are building. Using small pieces to create or repair something larger. Maybe even if it is just an idea. But sometimes , if viewed from another perspective, we are actually design mending, dealing with a kind of divided plane of wholeness, even if just an idea. Although we often begin with small pieces, put them together, in design especially, we may have envisioned , or even realized, a larger whole and then we break it down into convenient (puzzle) pieces so we might rebuild that idea bit by bit.
Personal Math again
This little 4 patch puzzle piece is a good example of the two ways I might view (patchwork) design. You might say it is four 1" squares. Or you might say it is a 2" square, divided. It fits into both puzzles. Somehow, although classic seamed patchwork is a way to build, it just as intriguing as a system of almost infinite divisions.
Division here is interesting because it creates smaller spaces, without taking anything away. And there is more line play. I like line. Seams are lines. They divide space.
So we might divide a larger puzzle piece , a chosen space, by using smaller puzzle pieces to build with, and then we might also use the cropping concept, a different point of view, to divide space again. This is the alternative method I use to achieve tiniest puzzle pieces.
Poof, a patch!
The magic 4 patch symbol
This patch has symbolic meaning for me. Especially combined with the high contrast I associate with magic, but it is also a symbol for time. I developed it back in Sun Moon Stars, although it was just a loose stitched patch, later to become a puzzle piece. For me it is also a kind of square circle.
So this patch seems to divide time and space, which makes it quite human. I imagine it tumbling though my next big storycloth.