Giotto’s Circle

• According to Vasari, Pope Benedict sent one of his couriers to collect samples from several artists in Italy, hoping to find one that would be suitable for completing several paintings for St. Peter’s. When the courier stopped by Giotto’s studio in Tuscany, Giotto drew a freehand circle in red paint. He got the commission. Vasari was prone to embellishment, but the fact of Giotto’s technical mastery remains evident in his work. The simplest form is the hardest to execute well. If Giotto could draw a circle, he could spark the Renaissance, too. Andrea Russo created her own Giotto’s Circle by folding paper, a process that probably took many years of practice before she could arrive at such a simple and elegant solution.

• Like all of his work, Clint Fulkerson’s Conjunction starts with a set of algorithmic rules and evolves as each new mark responds to the previous one. Like a poet working within the constraints of sonnet form, Clint creates new and unexpected networks based on a series of limits.

• Omar’s Earrings are gently curving strips of silver and black – a minimal touch that would complement anyone.

• Siavash’s Evil Eye is an explosion of lines crossing a series of concentric circles, reminiscent of the tree cross-section of a tree.

• Anna’s Place Mats are hand-printed with a playful triangle pattern in white and deep walnut brown.

• Chanee’s Pillow Cover has mesmerizing silver curves printed on brown hemp fabric.

• Jay’s Small Dishes are perfect for resting spoons on, holding tea bags, covering mugs with, and other important tasks.

• Sara’s Okapi Pillow has an intricate tribal pattern printed with water-based ink on oatmeal linen fabric.