That trip was in stark contrast, however, to another that we took. Our instructor insisted that we attend the California Farm Equipment Show! I was aggravated and I thought he was a bit nutty, and that it was a colossal waste of time. On top of that, it had been raining constantly; the venue was cold, damp and very muddy. However, I made the best of it. My classmate's father farmed raisins and she knew what virtually everything was--
"Wow! What's that thing with all the big shiny disks??"
"Well, Vic...that's a disk-er."
I was in awe of the beautiful disk-er and of deeply treaded tires so huge they towered over me. Here's a disker in action:
Since then, I've discovered that I like looking under the hood, in cars and other machinery. I have very little doubt that the distributor cap on the left inspired the button on the right:
|Distributor on a Welder|
Diane Kohne's industrial photos often provide inspiration. Compare the "button" in the photo at the top of this page with the button at left.
Where else do I find large machinery? Carnival rides are fascinating, both their mechanical articulations and their outrageous colors. The real-life tonka toys at construction sites call my name.
invert them, mirror them, miniaturize them...
all out of proportion.
Not infrequently, I find myself looking at the inspiration for my next pendant, button or bead.