Monday, May 23, 2011

May/June Challenge

Before I explain the next challenge, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the last challenge, and all who voted for my piece.  Being able to actually finish my challenge piece on time (I think it's only the second time I've been able to do so) was very satisfying in itself.  To have it voted as the winner by my peers makes it doubly so. I feel so blessed to be part of such a creative and supportive group!

Now, without further ado, here is the challenge I have set for you:

Interpret the Design Principle "Rhythm" in any way which moves you.

Here is the definition of rhythm to help jumpstart your creative juices:
rhythm  (ˈrɪðəm)

— n
a. the arrangement of the relative durations of and accents onthe notes of a melody, usually laid out into regular groups (bars ) of beats, the first beat of each bar carrying the stress

b. any specific arrangement of such groupings; time: quadruplerhythm
in poetry

a. the arrangement of words into a more or less regularsequence of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables

b. any specific such arrangement; metre
(in painting, sculpture, architecture, etc) a harmonioussequence or pattern of masses alternating with voids, of lightalternating with shade, of alternating colours, etc
any sequence of regularly recurring functions or events, such asthe regular recurrence of certain physiological functions of thebody, as the cardiac rhythm of the heartbeat

[C16: from Latin rhythmus , from Greek rhuthmos ; related torhein  to flow]

As you see, rhythm has many meanings and interpretations, from music, to the written word, to art and architecture, to nature, even our own bodies have rhythms.  Here are some visual examples to further get those creative juices flowing:

"Rhythm" Sonia Delauney 1938

Musical Rhythm

Architectural Rhythm

Rhythm in nature (photo courtesy of Dave Ingram)

So let your imagination run rhythmically wild!  You can interpret the challenge by creating a piece of jewellery (pardon my Canadian spelling), a piece of wall art, or something functional, it's totally up to you.  As always, everyone, no matter what your skill level or area of expertise, is encouraged to take part.  I've got rhythm.  Let's see just how many of you do, too!

Deadline for adding photos of your entry to our Flickr pool is midnight July 1st.  Remember to tag your photos with "June Challenge", so we don't miss seeing and voting on any of your remarkable creations.


  1. Oh wow, this is a challenge! Ok, I can do this - I have a whole month!!

  2. I LOVE this! Looking forward to participating.

    Dana @ CoilandFlame (DLPom)

  3. Count me in. I am a musician, so the concept of rhythm is always on my mind as I create my jewelry. This is so fabulous. I hope you get a lot of commentary with the pieces people submit. I have been fascinated for a long time with how non-musician artists think and feel about the concept of rhythm in the visual arts, and if there is something they "hear" when they experience rhythm visually. Kind of like how musicians hear color. This is so very cool!

  4. I can't wait to see what everyone does!