Grayscale Designs

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A grayscale image is one composed exclusively of black, white, and shades of gray. While this might seem like stating the obvious, Julia wanted to make sure that there was no confusion with greyscale, the horrific dermatologic condition that afflicts Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones.

Although the pieces in this collection are quite diverse in pattern, they are all composed only of black, white, and gray crystals. These pieces were also designed to be easily customizable - simply replace the gray crystals with a color of your choice.

The Chevron is a classic motif that has the shape of an inverted V. It can be traced back to ancient Greece and figures prominently in heraldic imagery. Nowadays the chevron is ubiquitous in home décor, appearing in both traditional and modern interiors on upholstery, rugs, wallpaper, and accessories. It is similar but not identical to the zigzag, and often the terms are used interchangeably.

The Basket Weave is a pattern that appears in classical mosaics, and has a three dimensional quality. It was frequently used in Victorian era bathrooms, and remains popular today, especially in combination with subway tiles (another one of Julia’s obsessions but we’ll leave that one alone for now). Grosgrain is a more contemporary variation of the basket weave pattern, and so named because it reminds Julia of woven ribbons.

Random Blocks was inspired by the work of De Stijl, a Dutch art movement whose most famous practitioner was Piet Mondrian. It was founded in 1917 by Theo van Doesburg, a painter, designer, writer, and critic. He developed a non-representational art form that he termed neoplasticism which consisted of a grid of black lines and blocks of primary color on a white ground. Clearly a kindred spirit…

November 2018. Eight new Grayscale Designs are added.

Two of these new designs are classic patterns that date back to ancient times. Tumbling Blocks first appears in Greek and Roman mosaics. It subsequently became one of the most recognizable quilt patterns, and can be found in American quilts going back to the 1800s. Today the three-dimensional Tumbling Blocks pattern appears thoroughly modern, and has become ubiquitous in home decor, appearing on textiles, wallpaper, mosaic surfaces, and the cement tiles that have become so popular in recent years.

Like Tumbling Blocks, Celtic Knot also has its origins in ancient Rome. Knot patterns first appear in Roman mosaics in 200-300 AD. Around 400 AD, before the Celts could be influenced by Christianity, they used various knot, spiral, braid, and key patterns to symbolize such concepts as harmony, friendship, protection and love. The knot Julia chose for this piece is the knot that symbolizes love.

Shadow Box and Light Box, Light Helix and Dark Helix, and Heavy Chains and Light Chains are pairs of contemporary designs based on the counterchange. Within each pair, one of the designs has a light ground and the other has a dark ground. They display well both as single pieces and in pairs, and can also be used to create larger installations with a checkerboard pattern in which the light and dark versions of the pattern alternate.