Ms. Pink Loves Hexagons
Hexagons are basically circles with straight edges!
They can be placed next to each other without leaving any spaces. The Hexagon is found throughout nature, in the structure of DNA and in organised religions it is seen as a symbol of harmony and balance. There is a beautiful simplicity in the repeating formation of six straight lines. Of course, six straight lines could make many other irregular geometric shapes, but I'm concentrating on Hexagons in this post.
Hexagons are hugely popular in interiors, from tiles to wallpaper, planters to room dividers. I adore geometric shapes (squares, rectangles etc... as well as Hexagons) paired with the softer edges of plants and textiles to contrast the strong angular feel that lots of straight edges give.
In nature, they are an efficient way of using space, perfectly demonstrated in the honeycom of bees creating an object of structure and order. The fine art print below by Lu West is 'of delightful bees buzzing over golden orange honeycomb. Inspired by the hexagonal patterns found in ancient Moroccan tiles.'
Another use of Hexagons is the traditional craft of quilting which originally symbolises family heritage, comprising of clothing worn by generations of family members.
Quilting is very much alive and well today, the example below gives a very 21st Century spin to this traditional craft, if I had a little more time and a lot more patience I might even be tempted to have a go myself!
Another classic craft that uses hexagons is of course crochet, it may have been a 'grannyish' craft, but when you look at how sumptuous an effect it can give like The Loopystitch version below, how could you not love it?
Are there any designers that you have seen that use hexagons in a creative and modern way? Or is there another shape that floats your aesthetic boat? Drop me a comment below and let me know!