Taratories Blog

When the Light Shines

This week we were playing around with lighting one of the diamonds that will be used in our winter set at our church.  Lighting changes everything!!  Depending on which way we shone the light on the diamond, it cast different kinds of shadows, etc. and changed how it looked every way we moved the light.  When the diamond was lit from the front, you could see the cups and their form clearly and saw a lot of the shadows cast by them.  

When we lit the diamond from the back, the look changed completely!  The cups looked less like cups, and more like shapes.  Instead of shadows, I saw the different values of the cups.  It was kind of like having x-ray vision as I saw through the material of the cups.  I love the fact  that an object can be seen differently depending on the light.  

In that same way, we as people have our outward appearance and work so hard to be perceived the way we want others to perceive us.  The thing is, God sees us for what we truly are.  He looks past our outward appearance and right to our insides.  He can expose the deepest darkest parts of us, as well as our most beautiful parts.  There is comfort in the the fact that He sees us as we truly are, and also a sense of accountability for us as well.  I want my insides to be beautiful when the light shines.  

From Lines to Lumber

This weekend we met with some carpenters that will be helping us to build our winter set.  I was there to give them some artistic direction by relaying our design plans to them so they knew exactly what we were planning on executing in this set.  This group of carpenters instantly caught on to our vision and began discussing with each other the best way to build the snowflake diamonds and support them on stage.  I love seeing other people do what they do best, and I love seeing the design process step into the next phase which is seeing the design turn into reality!

No longer is it a drawing or idea, but a real, tangible thing... pieces of wood...

stacks of (free!) lumber...

and random paper products from Walmart!  We chose some materials to experiment with that thought we could manipulate and use to fill in our diamonds.


I was cutting, folding, and bending to make design elements to create texture, pattern, and color that could potentially be used inside the diamonds.

The key is to create texture and shadows that can be seen from far away.  There could be endless ways to manipulate these materials to create different effects.  It will be fun to see what others will come up with!