Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A page from my PATTERN JOURNAL / Lichen on concrete

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The Internet is full of recipes for aging a concrete garden ornament. Most call for blenders, starter moss, and yogurt. A few decades ago, when I first started gardening, I considered trying to make my concrete garden ornaments look as if we’d both been plodding away a lot longer than we actually had.

But in the end, tending a garden is a busy enough business without creating new chores for one’s self. So I left my ornaments to their own devices, and lo and behold, they’ve rewarded me a wondrous patina created by nature—wind and rain exposing the aggregate so moss and lichen can take up residence.


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Today’s PATTERN JOURNAL is about an aspect of the patina on my sleeping-cat ornament. I always think of my sweet Molly-Bear when I look at this concrete kitty in my garden, purchased long ago, because she's one of the kitties I had when I bought it.


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But I have to admit it looks a lot like my current sweetie-gal, Maisie-Cat. What’s not to love here?


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I was initially interested in how the surface of the concrete cat had weathered. But as I looked closer, I noticed the rusty colored lichen spots. I circled the largest patch in this photo, but there’s also some on the inside of the left-hand ear and on the tail.


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Here’s a closer view...


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…and an enlargement of a section of the closeup, though some of the definition is lost due to the limitations of my phone's camera.


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Yet it’s in that tight shot that the image yields its link to pattern in the world around us.


Where else does it lead?


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Monica Feudi photo, Balmain Fall 2017 collection / Marcus Tondo photo, Agi & Sam Fall 2015 collection / Monica Feudi photo, Balmain Fall 2017 collection / Monica Feudi photo, Balenciaga Spring 2017 collection

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Fae Factory / Etsy

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Deconstructed Frida by Loui Jover / Via Redbubble

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Untitled ceramic sculpture by Bari Ziperstein / Artsy

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Jason Ball Interiors / Via Decoist

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Eric Piasecki photo / Martha Stewart

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Via Amazon Home

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David Duncan Livingstone photo / Martin Kobus Home Design / Via Style Saloniste


Lichen-on-concrete moodboard


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