Proportion and Beauty

8 thoughts on “Proportion and Beauty”

  1. I’m looking forward to your analysis of the garments you made. I watched a prog recently which posed the question, grossly simplified by me here, as to whether maths was a product of the mind or out there – whether invention or discovery. There seemed to be a measure of fence sitting from the mathematicians, but there were lots of pretty examples from nature, enough to keep me half awake.

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  2. It will be interesting to see if there is math behind why we like the ones we do. Also, with art, I feel like some people appreciate art that is soothing to them, while others like art that makes them uncomfortable, and it would be fun to find that both camps are unknowingly appreciating the math behind the scenes!

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  3. I agree with Kim that this is most interesting. I feel I can see if an outfit is balanced and I am aware of the 1:2 and 3:5 ratios, but I am excited to see what you find. I think Michelle Obama looks great in a full skirted floor length dress, but looks better in a slim fitted dress when it is knee length. Any idea why?

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    1. Well all my calculations so far confirm what I expected, but it’s skewed by several factors, including a very small sample, and my own, uneven proportions…it might be fun to set up a bigger version of my rectangle activity, using images of several of us, and roll it out via blogs. Hmmm I’ll be thinking some more

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  4. We were taught this proportion thingy on my City & Guilds art course many years ago. Apparently most pleasing landscape pictures have 2/3 land 1/3 sky or t’ other way round. Never investigated further though!! I do have a formula somewhere for the best tunic length which is measured shoulder to knee, divide by 5? and multiply by 3?. Can’t remember offhand but it did roughly correlate with my favourite length on me when I did it.
    Set this as a research project for your students and let them do the work!!! 🍻

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