In this Zentangle Blog Series we explore the ins and outs of some of our most loved Tangles. Join us as we journey back to how it was discovered and deconstructed, why a certain tangle got its name, and who was involved in the process. We will look into different styles, applications and tangleations of a tangle. We will examine how some tangles have evolved over time and discuss how the same patterns have multiple names. Some tangles have inspired tangleations that were so wonderful that they became their own tangle. This series is fun deep dive into the life of a tangle.
Today, we take a look at the tangle ING. Enjoy!
Molly writes...Over the years ING has come to be one of my favorite tangles. It did not start out that way but over the years it has developed, and I have learned more of its potential, the more time I spend tangling it and become inspired by what others are doing.
ING was discovered about seven years ago. I had taken a solo voyage down to visit a dear friend in Miami, Florida. It was the first time I had traveled alone since having my children. And although I missed them dearly, the trip was an exhilarating re-charge. The time away gave me time to pause, breath, and digest all the wonderful things that had been happening. Motherhood had taken a front seat to many of my creative outlets and it was time to pull some of that back into my life. Traveling alone offers you time to be with yourself. For some reason, when I am journeying alone, I tend to appreciate and notice more details in my surroundings. I also find myself letting go and experiencing wonderful daydreams. My brain was open, and I seemed to be taking it all in and feeling very inspired by everything.
Part of the plan of this particular trip was that my friend and I would run a half-marathon in downtown Miami. The day of race, we woke early and made it to the starting line before the sunrise. There was a chunk of time where we had to wait. We stood among the dense crowds of people. When it came time for the race to begin the sky started to fill with day light. When you are at race this big you move very slowly at first. I was in a new place so none of the landmarks were familiar. Miami is one of the more colorful cities I ever been to. Colorful in so many ways. I love the esthetic and the warmness in Miami. I love the love of Miami. I found myself in a trance as my feet pounded the pavement and my eyes connected with interesting sights along the way. At one point I found myself enamored by a sculpture anchored on a plaza in front of large building. Its presence was strong and struck me in way that felt familiar. I stared at and through the pieces of metal. I soon passed the sculpture, but its memory remained in my head. Some of you might agree that when you tangle often you start to see patterns everywhere. I continued to play with the construction of the structure in my head. I was deconstructing and rearranging the components, changing its original DNA. I kept thinking of how I would draw this when next found myself with pen and paper and continued to burn its strokes into my brain.
When I finally did get to that moment, I was able to quickly translate my thoughts down. My lines were not a replica of the sculpture, but rather something that was inspired by it. This pattern would soon become known as the tangle, ING. Why ING? The race was sponsored the ING company and 30,000 or so people running the race all had shirts with ING printed all over them. On top of all the shirts, there were signs and banners and vehicles and more all labeled with ING. So, when I was pondering a name, it seemed those three letters were everywhere I looked, and it just stuck.
The actual sculpture I was looking at was the Challenger Memorial, designed by artist, Isamu Noguchi. It is located on Southwest corner of Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Florida. The pictures below show the sculpture and then my early ING drawings, followed by some later ING explorations.
Here is another viewpoint of the same sculpture. This blows my mind that the same sculpture when looked at from another viewpoint could inspire something totally different. What tangle do you see? What else can we discover when we just look at things from a different perspective.
I challenge you to spend some time with ING. It’s rewarding, challenging, surprising, and inspiring. Have Fun!