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.
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.