Two conceptual calendars based on overlapping dilatational grids. With various parameters set, the overlapping regions can take on very different patterns.
The left calendar was a runner-up for Creative Quarterly: 22.
Calendar 1 is a play on the phrase “fabric of time”. Most people’s lives are run by an underlying schedule. One example is how class schedules work. The same class is held at the same time, in the same place, on a given day of the week. As long as class is in session, that time slot on that day will be “class”—week after week. Our personal schedules are often determined by external schedules. For instance, one can only go to the store while they are open for business. There is a myriad of examples of schedules that run our lives and these patterns of routines can be mapped visually.
The pattern was made of overlapping months which were further divided by days radiating chronologically from the center. Each day of the week was assigned its own color. Where two or more occurrences of the same day overlap, that shape was assigned the color of that day. Since a consistent pattern of days were used (Sun–Sat), rhythmic kaleidoscopic shapes were created in a fairly symmetrical order. (Areas are only asymmetrical because of the 30/31 days differences in months.)
Since the first calendar was based on consistency and symmetry, I wanted the second to be random. As it always seems to go, stormy weather clears up as soon as one leaves a city or the weather turns dreary as soon as one comes into the new city. We also often subconsciously lose sight of the fact that while the weather outside our window could be cold and rainy, some other city may simultaneously be experiencing a heat wave.
Fundamentally, Calendar 2 consists of six cities concentrically surrounded by the days of August 2009. Each day in each city was assigned its actual predominant weather condition. The overlapping criteria remained the same: Shapes created by two or more overlapping days of the same weather pattern are assigned that weather-pattern color.
Yes, each of the calendars were done by hand. The two took me a total of about 30 hours.