Lynn of UnaOdd posted this photo of gourd tendrils, and I was happy to introduce her the wonderful word volute which happens to be one of my favorite forms. I first found the name for the swirls I gravitate toward in a book by Franklin Gottshall, Design for the Craftsman, and in my craft geekiness was giddy to know this shape has a name. It’s from the Latin voluta, meaning spiral scroll. I am enjoying Lynn’s Woodland Snail shell volutes now.
Not to mention the ironwork volutes I saw attached to Violin in the Sky, and the scroll that crowns the violin itself.
What are your favorite volutes?
Franklin Gottshall, Swirls and Volutes
More photos on my Volutes Pinterest Board.
Over at Stratoz:
Oh yes! I saw your title and immediately thought of your introducing me to the term! :^) I’ve been using it as a tag quite a bit now and I thank you for that! Lovely volutes on your gazing ball and Wayne’s Sophia Spiral.
Glad to be of service! Keep the volutes coming!
When I doodle, I almost always doodle spirals. My old housemate was a violin maker and I was always fascinated how she formed the scroll on her viola!
That is just too cool that your old housemate was a violin maker! My husband is a doodler–that’s where much of his artwork begins, especially spiraling shapes.