Do not go where the
pathmap may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- with apologies to Ralph Waldo Emerson
|Desire Lines #8: Twelve Ways by Brenda Gael Smith|
In landscape architecture, the term "desire lines" describes an informal path developed by erosion of footfall caused by people finding a short cut or preferred route often bypassing the official or constructed way. As explorers forge their own path, desire lines manifest on the surface of the earth leaving a trail for others to follow thereby encouraging more travel. And so it has been for the Twelve by Twelve project. We have each followed our heart's desire, our own personal creative path and yet, together, we have created a kind of map that inspires others others to venture out.
During this challenge period I have been travelling extensively including two trips to New Zealand and time in Tasmania, Sydney, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley. This latest work in my Design Lines series was created in a brief time in my studio over Easter. Each line represents a Twelve, starting with Deborah (purple) and ending with Nikki (cerise). The colours are loosely based on colours chosen by the Twelve for their Colourplay challenge and/or the Twelve's favourite colours.