Michelle, We Did It Again

March 26, 2011 at 3:39 am | Posted in pattern | Leave a comment

I saved this picture the night before the presentation, I just didnt have time to load it until now 🙂

A Japanese Spiral Umbrella

March 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Posted in Hyeyoon, pattern, process | Leave a comment

This is a traditional Japanese umbrella named Wagasa. Wagasa umbrella is hand-made from 100% natural materials.

I found this while researching spiral umbrellas and I felt so sad thinking about Japan now. Such a tragedy..


March 10, 2011 at 6:19 am | Posted in pattern, process, symbols | Leave a comment

My Infinity Flower is based on the universal shape of the circle, representing continuity, cycles and wholeness.  I have chosen the color red as the pulsing symmetry of the circle creates an energy.  My flower will blossom to the sound and rhythm of a heartbeat, and wither as it fades to silence, its loop representing the everlasting cycle of creation and destruction.

The process of physically preparing the space on paper, gathering your materials, measuring out segments with your eyes and connecting dots, really can teach you something every time.  I think I realized that as soon as you know the form of one thing, you can understand the form of its duality, because they co-exist.  Drawing one petal, intuitively brought my hand around to draw its opposing partner.  As the petal itself knows naturally to grow symmetrically, I know these patterns, curves and proportions too!  I feel them innately inside me whenever I do something artistic, drawing or dancing.

Something interesting I noticed during the creation process was that as the circle I was making on the paper got bigger, the motion I used to create the circle (spread the pastel) changed in a very distinct way, but always remained essentially circular!

I really have a lot of respect for the monks that meditate on mandalas for so long … it is a form that exercises your eyes and your mind for understanding how parts interact and compose a whole.  It is like mind kung fu for navigating the universe’s matrix mandala.

Daft Punk – Around the World

March 3, 2011 at 1:36 am | Posted in pattern, research, symbols | 1 Comment


*look for the primary colors, life and death, never-ending cycle…the beat of life ..

Starlight, Scarabs and Fireflies

March 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Hi guys : )    I found a cool pattern that connects starlight, scarabs and fireflies 🙂 It is called circular polarization of an electromagnetic wave.

This occurs in electrodynamics when the electric field of a passing wave does not change strength – but only changes direction in a rotary type manner, circular polarization.

Only a few mechanisms in nature are known to systematically produce circularly polarized light :

The light reflected off the golden scarab beetle.

The bio-luminescence of firefly babies.

Looking at scattered light underwater!

Whoa okay I’m going to try to explain the *starlight*.

When it starts off it gets linearly polarized “by scattering from interstellar dust grains” which spin on their axis parallel to the magnetic field, thus polarizing the light perpendicularly… okay I have no idea what I’m saying I tried haha.

Okay and then lastly these are called BIOGLYPHS, by Montana State University, who used bioluminescent bacteria to paint petri dishes, trying to “bridge science and art”.

Oh and apparently fireflies are known for their amazing synchronicity – they can blink on and off at the same time (on the same beat 😉 – by the thousands!!!  This is definitely a very important key word for us.

Chaos, Pattern and Meaning

February 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Posted in pattern, research | 1 Comment

Foundation for Mind-Being Research Editorial

Chaos, Pattern and Meaning

Modern, high-speed supercomputers have helped bring into being a new branch of science called “chaos.” This term describes the phenomena exhibited by a dynamic system displaying apparently random behavior even in the absence of any random influences from outside the system. The mathematics of chaos involves the solution of non-linear equations; hence only with the computer is it possible to simulate the complex behavior of these systems.

One of the remarkable things to emerge from the science of chaos is that under certain conditions, ordered, regular patterns can be seen to arise out of seemingly random, erratic and turbulent processes. Computer graphics makes it possible to study how these patterns appear and disappear with changes in the system parameters. Many natural phenomena, such as the vortex of a tornado, can now be subjected to computer modeling.

Another very interesting finding of chaos theory is that there are higher levels of order that unify many of the diverse and complex patterns observed in different types of systems. That is, even though the systems themselves and their associated patterns may be quite different, there is a commonality in the rules which seem to govern the transition from chaotic to ordered motion. A simple analogy will illustrate this point: every house can be described by a unique set of blueprints, but each set of blueprints must conform to the Uniform Building Code. In other words, even the rules have rules.

Chaos theory is only one of the many areas where the appearance of patterns acts as a powerful engine driving scientists in an unending study of nature and the human condition. The following question seems appropriate: What is it about patterns that is so attractive that some of us spend an entire lifetime digging away in a dimly lit corner of human knowledge searching for something as intangible and as abstract as “structure” or “order”?

In attempting to answer this question it is important to realize the extent to which patterns affect our lives from birth onward. We enter this world with an exquisite pattern recognition system which immediately goes to work processing megabytes of input data every second. Shapes, cycles, sounds, tastes, smells, feelings–all going into the creation of higher order structures which are vital to our growth and adaptation to the environment. The program which does all this data processing could be called MEANING, and one of its jobs is to let the organism know when the pattern recognition process has come up with a “match”. Now I don’t know how it does this, and I don’t think anybody else does either. But if I had to speculate I would say it’s probably by means of a wonderful little molecule called an endorphin. Whatever it is, it results in a feeling that we later learn to associate with “understanding” or “got it!” or “aha!” Or maybe just “meaning.”

Our sensory input is a mixture of signal and noise. But the excellent graphics capability of the brain/mind bio-computer can form recognizable patterns in the midst of the chaos and as a result the signal is registered, the noise is rejected and we experience “meaning.”

Robert L. Shacklett, January 1989

The Structure of the Universe?

February 27, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Starting top left and moving left to right: we have 12.8 byo; 12.0 byo; 10.3 byo; 6.8 byo; 3.4 byo; and today. Images created by via Lactea | & ||. Cosmological structure formation simulations. Created to study the formation of GALAXIES from a COSMOLOGICAL perspective. Meaning reconstructing the structure forming process of the milky way as a piece of a larger system (the cosmos). The images look like their TELESCOPING into today. The images are measures of epochs composed of 24 decades.

but look at the image constructed for the ‘oldest’ epoch:

it doesn’t fit into the telescoping progression. This constrcution simultaneously represents 13.3 billion years ago, and only 460 million years after the big bang. Each of these images comes with a corresponding age after the big bang. They move in 2 different directions of time…

the via lactea project

time warp dance:

refs to alice in wonderland shrinking and growing…

&&  zot!

Scott McClouds comic Zot! includes so much of what we are talking about in a creative narrative way.

Sesame Street – Geometry of Circles

February 23, 2011 at 5:17 am | Posted in pattern, research | Leave a comment

Sesame Street gets it 🙂  hahah

oh and Philip Glass specifically composed this for them 🙂


February 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Here is a cool lil powerpoint I found on fractals with some exciting new images 🙂

Naturally Occuring Fractals

February 12, 2011 at 8:28 am | Posted in nature, pattern, research | Leave a comment

Naturally Occurring Fractals
(including plants, rivers, galaxies, clouds, weather, population patterns, stocks, video feedback, crystal growth, etc.)

fractals in natureThe geometry of Fractals brings us a new appreciation for the natural world
and the patterns we observe in it.
Many things previously called chaos are now known to follow subtle subtle fractal laws of behavior. So many things turned out to be fractal that the word “chaos” itself (in operational science) had redefined, or actually for the FIRST time Formally Defined as following inherently unpredictable yet generally deterministic rules based on nonlinear iterative equations. Fractals are unpredictable in specific details yet deterministic when viewed as a total pattern – in many ways this reflects what we observe in the small details & total pattern of life in all it’s physical and mental varieties, too ….
fractal fren iteration

FRACTAL FERN: One very simple way to understand fractals and the meaning of “ ITERATION is to examine a simple recursive operation that produces a fractal fern thru a “chaos game’ of generating random numbers and then placing them on a grid.

WOW!!!! we NEEEED to try this as part of our ITERATIVE experience tomorrow at Kirby’s!!!

After a few dozen repetitions or ITERATIONS the shape we would recognize as a Perfect Fern appears from the abstract world of math. How and Why can this be?

The answer to why is that it Simply IS – and it’s quite surprising too!
Answering How is that nature always follows the simplest & most efficient path. Fractals are maps of the simplest paths sliding up the scale of Dimensions (from 2-D to 3-D and so on). So maybe it’s simply an artifact of nature’s elegance that we find exact correspondences between these inherently existing mathematical forms and natural patterns, and even living creatures of many types.

Fractals in nature are ubiquitous – clouds, plants, galaxies, shells and more.


THERE ARE CERTAIN SPECIAL RECOGNIZABLE, REPEATED FORMATIONS AND PATTERNS IN NATURE.  BY ANALYZING THE STRUCTURE AND SHAPE OF UNIQUE PHENOMENA WE WILL FURTHER UNDERSTAND THE INFINITE POSSIBLE WAYS TO BRING DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TOGETHER. (like what makes a purple praying mantis, the conditions for this to occur…I want to make sure we keep a world, retain our biological structure so that we can even have purple praying mantises exist!  you know …this is why we need variety in medicine and strains of FOOD! )


natural cloud swirl fractals!

cd microwave fractals!

ExQuiSite CaBBAGe

… looks like a lovely couture dress

Wood Stalk Plant Cross-Section – Circular Fractals!

Elegant right?  Looks like super Rococo ornamentation

your not going to believe what generates these fractals…. bacteria colonies!!!

Text and Images from: http://www.miqel.com/fractals_math_patterns/visual-math-natural-fractals.html

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