A Kaleidoscope operates on the principle of multiple reflection, where several mirrors are placed at an angle to one another, so they form a triangle. The angle creates several duplicate images of the objects. As the tube is rotated, the tumbling of the coloured object presents varying colours and patterns. Arbitrary patterns show up as a beautiful symmetrical pattern created by the reflections.
Modern kaleidoscopes are made of brass tubes, stained glass, wood, steel, gourds or almost any material an artist can use. The part containing objects to be viewed is called the 'object chamber' or 'object cell'. Sometimes the object cell is filled with a liquid so the items float and move through the object cell in response to a slight movement from the viewer.
Apparently Kaleidoscope designs are relatively easy to construct in Photoshop if you know how to manipulate the program, so I turned to Shane to learn the technique and come up with a few designs. This is just one example using a simple Destilfink found on the internet. Two of the designs have the bird's head toward the center and the middle one is with the tails forming a cross as the center motif. he first and third design is the same except for the little hearts I had him add around the center square that seemed more interesting than the little smiley faces.
Art Hits The Wall - Rug & Quilt Show
What do you see when you imagine a Kaleidoscope?
Entrants have captured these images in fiber art for the 2013
Art Hits The Wall event.
Imaginations have run wild with vivid colours in various
shapes and sizes. Designers have created pieces of art as unique as they are for this juried show. Don't miss it!
Aug 6 – 19
Coastal Queens Place
8100 Hwy 103, Port Mouton, NS
Sept 3 – 28
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
322 Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS
Oct 7 – 19
Nova Scotia Fibre Art Festival
Cumberland County Museum and Archives
150 Church St.,
Oct 23 – Nov 24
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Yarmouth
341 Main St.,