Design by Numbers: Using Proportion to Improve Every Aspect of Your Designs
An in-person class with Phyllis Bell Miller
Mar 4, 9:00am-12:00pm
Discover how to use proportion to improve every aspect of your projects — whether designed by you or someone else. Learn easy ways to apply time-tested concepts like The Golden Mean, Fibonacci numbers, and Goethe’s color ratios to design dilemmas—from the ideal jacket length to just the right amount of each color.
The Golden Mean or Golden Ratio is a proportion that artists and artisans have used for eons to design buildings, clothing, jewelry, statues, and everything else. This relationship of the parts to a whole comes from nature and is seen in flowers, seashells, animals, and other natural phenomena.
However grand and mysterious the concept seems, it is really quite simple. We’ll explore how to use proportion to improve every aspect of your designs. From the length of a yoke or sweater; to the number of cables, buttons, or beads; to how much of each color to use — we’ll discover many ways to apply The Golden Mean, Fibonacci numbers, and Goethe’s color ratios.
So, stop praying and guessing, and start counting! The principles are easy to apply — even to your existing wardrobe. Use them to improve items that you design as well as those designed by others. Class handouts contain charts that help you to determine and figure out the right proportions for every project. These principles apply to knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, weaving, beading, and every other art and craft.
• Pen or Pencil
• Note paper
• Optional: Have projects handy about which you have design questions
No pre-class work required.