The Study of Ornament

From the 2013 Pure Ornament interview with Architects and Artisans :                    ‘There exists a classical canon of ornament, the learning of which was once a regular part of an art student’s training, like anatomy or perspective. The ability to draw regular, repeated geometric or foliage based patterns is an important bridge linking pictorial art to architectural space. The process involved in creating any sort of ornamental pattern from nature requires a type of structural thinking which is critically important for visual artists and is essential to understanding the mechanics of stylization as well as the idealization of human form. The decoration of a building is first of all a matter of design – dividing space and then ornamenting it.’  D. Jeffrey Mims

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