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mi2 Resonance

mi2 Resonance

The other day I was reading Living Water by Olog Alexandersson. It is a book about Victor Schauberger and his discoveries about water. 

When I got to this image on page 35, I saw the tangle mi2 in it.

The text under the image reads, "Water Disturbance Pattern. A thin brush has been drawn in a straight line through a shallow tray of glycerine treated water, whose surface has been dusted with powder. (Schwenk method, photo by A.J. Wilkes)."

I took this tile that was hanging on our porch wall and put it beside the picture. Sure enough . . . that's mi2, a tangle designed by Mimi Lempart, CZT.

We often take inspiration for tangles from the world around us – nature, architecture, fabrics, even a momentary reflection. But occasionally, someone designs a new tangle from their imagination. It's particularly exciting to find that imagined pattern later show itself in nature.

Such is what happened with molygon. After Maria designed that tangle, we saw its pattern echoed in clusters of boat shells atop one another on the beaches in Rhode Island.

And now it has happened again – this time with mi2. How exciting! I like to think that there is a resonance that Mimi and Maria each tapped in to, whether it be the resonance behind the natural flow of water, or the clustering of mollusks.

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Ever since Mimi designed and deconstructed the tangle, mi2, it's been one of my favorites. This is a simple tangle. Yet in just a few strokes, and with a touch of graphite, it changes two dimensional paper into a three dimensional interwoven sculpture.

If you spend some time getting to know it, I think it may become one of your favorite tangles, too.

Learn more about this tangle and see it's step-out on this 2012 (!) blog post.

Here's an image of basic mi2 from that blog post.

 

Enjoy! 

 

Rick Roberts

11 comments

  • Thanks for sharing, Rick. This is fascinating stuff! To be honest, the inspiration for Mi2 came from an image of wallpaper I saw in a design book. I’ve always admired your minimalist approach to Mi2. This tangle has certainly captured the hearts and pens of many tanglers. I often see it pop up in online challenges, and have even seen it used as reticula. Many people tag me when they use it, and I love that too.

    Mimi lempart on

  • The beauty of nature’s art in all it’s splendor is truly in the eye of the beholder! So grateful that the Zentangle method has opened my eyes to all it’s beauty! I see it everyday and everywhere I go!

    Linda Hunter on January 14, 2022 on

  • I’ve always enjoyed teaching and drawing this tangle. It’s always lovely to hear the story behind how a tangle has been deconstructed and to see what it evolved from.

    it’s simply awesome
    thank you so much for capturing this evolution of Mi2

    Angelina Arcari on

  • WOW!!! A blast from the past! So nice to think about Mimi and her tangle again. And an inspiration to have a hand at it again!!!!

    MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson on

  • Oh my – learning to look again!!!

    Mary Ellen Ziegler CZT 33 on

  • How lovely when we notice a pattern of natural things and it expands our awareness!

    Leslie Hancock on

  • I’ve always loved the Tangle Mi2! How amazing that you found this pattern in your reading of this book, which looks to be rather interesting!! Thanks for sharing this with us. As I look at the title of the book I can see an alternating pattern of Crescent Moon behind in the cover art!!

    MartyD on

  • Love the pattern. Reminds me of Huggins.

    Jaya on

  • Beautiful pattern! I will be more aware now. My surroundings have lots of opportunity as I live in the country. Thanks for sharing!

    Kay Beth Stavley on

  • Beautiful pattern! I will be more aware now. My surroundings have lots of opportunity as I live in the country. Thanks for sharing!

    Kay Beth Stavley on

  • Beautiful pattern! I will be more aware now. My surroundings have lots of opportunity as I live in the country. Thanks for sharing!

    Kay Beth Stavley on

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