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Gustav Stickley (ed.) / The craftsman
Vol. XIV, Number 4 (July 1908)

Batchelder, Ernest A.
Design in theory and practice: a series of lessons: number X,   pp. 426-435 PDF (3.0 MB)

Page 431

queston.   I ne motni of
this problem   may   be
stated in two words-
fish, water. The aim of
the problem-to arrange
these symbols within an
enclosing form in such
way that the various at-
tractive forces will be
rhythmically related in
positions of balance. Be-
fore attempting a solu-
tion of the problem it
would be well to refresh
the memory by a refer-
ence to the abstract dem-
onstrations that defined
the ideas of rhythm and
balance in a previous
number of THE CRAFTS-
MAN. And a statement
there made will also bear
repetition, - the artistic
interest in the result de-
pends largely upon an
appreciative application
of the principles, rather
than upon a mere under-
standing of the formulae
through which they were
described. Months ago
we started to play our
tunes on a primitive reed
flute of a few simple
notes. The range of pos-
sibilities of this instru-
ment is now increased to
the point where the per-
sonal equation becomes
the important factor in
the result. Imagination,
and the ability to play under the re-
straint of orderly thought, will deter-
mine whether these little compositions
shall be interesting and artistic or
deadly formal and prosaic.
  The character of the symbols for the
problem are indicated in Fig. 7o. They
are fishes reduced to the fewest possible
lines. To these may be added others
based on an intimate study of fish life,
or made from the imagination on a basis
of general knowledge of such forms. It
is desirable that there should be variety
in the shapes and measures of the sym-
bols. As a start toward the solution of
the problem, the size and shape of the

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