Finally, a breakthrough

 Larapinta Study, 2015

Larapinta Study, 2015

Last spring Bill and I took a trip into the center of Australia to hike a portion of the Larapinta trail.  The ancient red and white quartz mountains had the most amazing textures between the giant ferns, skewer-like grasses, and the crystalline rock formations.

For my Larapinta study, I wanted to play with these textures and develop an expanding ridge.   The breakthrough came as I started to cut out the piece. Rather than my usual  1/8 inch connections, I decided to try 5/16 inch instead. That slight change made all the difference. Even though this design has a few connections that take the bulk of the strain, not one broke.  Not one even got close.  

I couldn't be happier as I have finally opened the door that will allow some of my truly complex designs to take physical form.  Time to get back to work.