Did you know that there are specific and different names for groups of creatures? Really! And really interesting names – some unexpected, some funny, some apropos, and some, most certainly are not.
A swarm of bees.
A pride of lions.
An unkindness of ravens.
A pack of wolves.
A murder of crows.
I was thinking about this the other day and I realized that we do not have a specific name for a group of tangles . . . or for that matter, for a group of tanglers! How could that possibly be right? How did we survive this long (17 years!)?
Well, I think it is certainly time to remedy this situation. Of course, we decided that you, our beloved Zentangle community, should be the ones to do this.
So . . . your mission is to come up with names for
A GROUP OF TANGLES
A GROUP OF TANGLERS
And, perhaps the story about how you came up with the names; and the wonderful staff here at ZTHQ will choose a name!
We will have most excellent prizes for this, possible including a copy of the artwork shown above! So, don’t hold back! We will announce the winners in next week’s blog
So, put on your thinking caps and give it a think!
We can’t wait to hear what you came up with.
Thanks for all the inspiring ideas!
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Zentlers for A GROUP OF TANGLERS
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The creators, a group of tanglers, could be a “Flux” just as the pattern Flux has many leaves and can curve into a circle, so individual tanglers meet and usually form a circle.
Zingle, zangle, tingle, tangle, mingle, mangle…all interchangeable….(except for mangle)
Mingle Mangle (a mangle is a laundry press for sheets etc. to make them nice and crisp and flat…like thetiles we use for our tangles?!)
And now ~ a “weary” of tanglers but “wealth” of tangles. Phew!
“Artesians” of tanglers: the unending spring, the “flow”, the “flood” of tangles that mix, merge and morph in wondrous and unexpected ways.
“An Untangling of Tanglers”
…seems to fit, too, given how we illustrate a given tangle and then use it to learn and apply the tangles to the tiles.
So many wonderful ideas! Superb question, Maria!
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I do like Chris Lewis’s Zentanglers. Maybe that still the Texas left in me.
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In 1952, John Cage composed 4’33” or Four Minutes and Thirty Three Seconds. During the performance, the orchestra sits without playing and the audience listens. The whole piece consists of the sounds in the environment that the listener becomes more and more aware of. Cage wrote this to portray the idea that any sounds may constitute music. It was also based on his studies of Zen Buddhism.
A few days ago, I attended a zoom zentangle seminar and during the various presentations, there were long moments of silence, broken only by the sounds in my room and the sounds over the computer, often just the sound of a pencil being put down, or a sigh from someone as they completed a section of their tile.
It occurred to me that in a sense, we were an orchestra of tanglers performing a concert that resulted in something that was mindful, enriching and beautiful. Our conductor was the presenter and we were our own composers.
I would like to suggest that a group of tanglers could be called a concert, or an orchestra based on my experience this last weekend.
A group of Tangles
I have often marveled at the myriad of tangles. I’m currently learning more tangles by joining the October tangle a day groups. On an A4 size of paper, I am doing many tangles that privately, I refer to as a tangletude (a multitude of tangles).
A Tangler’s Workplace
Recently I heard someone showing me a beautiful tile they’d done and tell me how much they’d worked on it. It struck me that our connotations of work can sometimes be that of something that can be quite onerous. I used to teach Tai Chi and practitioners referred to the practice as “playing tai chi”. I love that concept and often think to myself that I’m playing zentangle and that my desk is my playground
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How about a tingle of tanglers? Don’t we all feel a tingle, a little buzz, a bit of excitement whenever we get together?
And perhaps a mingle of tangles. To me it implies gentle fellowship.
Or maybe a loveliness of tangles? Normally when we hear “a tangle” of something we think of a bit of a mess. Not so with zentangle tangles! A gathering of them is lovely.
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A Serendipity of Tanglers
The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident
Also, I thought of bring Latin into the mix because we have Tanglers from all over the world and no one’s FIRST language is Latin:
A “Gaudium” of Tanglers or “Jubilation” of Tanglers: The term “Jubilee” speaks of joy; not just an inner joy but a jubilation which is manifested outwardly.
And another “bonus:” The place we go to tangle is a “denizen”
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group of tanglers= Tangleators
group of tangles = Nettangled. or Taangling
A Zendex of tangles.
This was a super fun
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