Mystery, enchantment, magic, and illusion

I just read a book that I loved more than any I’ve read in a long time. It’s by Kate Morton and called “The Clockmaker’s Daughter.” I am not sure if I can put into words all the reasons I liked it, but it comes down to this: the book enchanted me.

In the novel, the concept of illusion (as opposed to magic) presents itself more than once,  and I was considering this while finishing up this week’s design challenge. Although my learning curve is getting less steep, I still struggle with making a drawing repeat seamlessly, i.e., making the shape of the drawing disappear into the design. And I’m happy to say that I’m finally getting pretty good at it.

And I have come to realize that this concept with respect to design is the exact same as the illusion of a magician performing sleight-of-hand. Or of an author drawing the reader into a story and keeping them there.

Voting for the Maximalist design challenge starts this Thursday, 3/14/19.


“Complicated” by lalalamonique ©Monica Tojek 2019





Published by lalalamonique

Artist and fabric designer living in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY State.

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