Special Interest Group: Color & Composition

Moderated by Diana Guenther

Artists interested in a new lens for studying color and composition will discuss the work of architect Christopher Alexander, Emeritus Professor at the University of California.  The group will focus on the 15 fundamental properties that define beauty and grace from Alexander’s perspective.   Some properties will be familiar - overlapping the Elements and Principles of Design - such as repetition and contrast.   Others will be new such as simplicity/inner calm and roughness.  

The textbooks are “The Nature of Order: The Phenomenon of Life” and "The Nature of Order: The Luminous Ground". 


Group participants will have the option of meeting on the second Monday of the month at 8PM EST (GMT/UTC -4) or the second Tuesday of the month at 10AM EST (GMT/UTC -5) to facilitate members in different time zones. Seventeen meetings are planned starting on June 14, 2021 and ending October 3, 2022.

Participants will be responsible for reading homework and sharing examples (art, architecture, nature or quilts) to prompt meeting discussion. Part of each meeting will be set aside to share personal work inspired by the 15 fundamental properties.  The last 15 meetings will each be dedicated to a single fundamental property.  

To participate, please join the SAQA Color & Composition Facebook group.

Questions?  Please contact Diana at fiberbuff@gmail.com.

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About the Moderator

DianeGDiana Guenther lives in Kensington, Maryland.   She is a dyer, sewer, knitter, weaver and quilter with a love of color and exploring all things fiber.  Diana was the recipient of the Margaret M. Conant grant at the Potomac Fiber Art Guild in 2014 where she created an exhibit of surface design work.  A growing pile of surface designed fabrics in her studio led her to art quilting.   Art quilting allows her to play in her dye studio, hand- stitch with luscious threads and explore composition.

Through her local fiber art guild, she belongs to a small design group who studied Christopher Alexander’s book “The Nature of Order:  The Phenomenon of Life” in depth.   She is eager to share the 15 properties that Christopher Alexander believes embodies beauty and grace as applied to art quilting. 


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