I saw this "fountain mouth" piece recently. Originally from Spain from the 12th-13th century (1100-1300), it lives in the Louvre.
But look closely. . . this lion (?) is lovingly covered in the most beautiful of patterns.
The artist(s) could have just etched fur-like marks, with less effort, less time spent, and yet, there are the marks, perhaps meant to entertain the viewer “more”.
And here’s the real kicker: I see so many tangles in there. 900 or so years ago these guys created tangles. The first one to hit me was the tangle dewed The second one was Noom Remus. I (thought I had) designed these tangles a few years back with all the confidence one could muster, announced to the Zentangle world, that these were original tangles. I even checked with Linda Farmer (of TanglePatterns.com) just to be sure, before we announced them.
And yet, here it stands, mightily, proving once again that “everything old is new again."
Ain’t it the truth. And, dear tanglers, it was not the first time this has happened to me. Most of the tangles that find their way in our Zentangle world, are old patterns, that we just rediscover.
Look closely at this mahvelous creature and see what other tangles you find. For that matter, look closely at any work of art and see what tangles you can find!
I am constantly humbled by artists of the past, the creativity and beauty that existed on every surface imaginable (like the patterns painted in gold on an old black Singer sewing machine or the quilts our mothers and great-great grandmothers created), all to admire and be thankful for. For instance, after Rick came up with paradox, we later found out it was a favorite turn of the century quilting pattern.
My thought on this is that perhaps we should assume the patterns we come up with have, more than likely, existed before. And, that we were lucky enough to have rediscovered them, and shared them with the world once again. Maybe they simply cycle through our awareness on their own schedule . . . like those 17-year cicadas.
Thanks for hearing me out. These things keep me up at night. That I have not been grateful (enough) to those artists, those craftsmen and craftswomen, who came before us.
So. . .
I raise my cup of tea, in a toast of gratitude to those quiet, unnamed artists that have come before us.
Next time, perhaps I should check with the Louvre as well!
Rick adds, "Is that lion growing a hollis tail?"
Last week we asked you all to help us solve The Mystery of the Tangled Legend, and your comments were such a treat to read! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this fun little mystery.
Like some of you, we finally figured out that the Legend Book belonged to Martha! How it ended up in SF's order, well that is a detail that only Bijou knows and he is not talking!
We have a special surprise for those who correctly guessed that it was Martha's book:
- Rosemarie Crawford
- Jody Genovese
- Rebecca Lawrence
Bijou loved reading all of your stories and theories, and decided to send a surprise to the tangler who submitted most imaginative response: Betsey Young!
And finally, a very special CZT contacted Bijou and wanted to send a Project Pack No. 10 featuring the Zentangle Legend book to a special commenter of Bijou's choice. He wanted to choose you ALL, but this special gift will go to MaryAnn Scheblein Dawson!
If you have won a Zentangle surprise, please send your snail mail address to Julie@zentangle.com.