Today's Diatom is a special one in a couple of respects - it is the only design that has an outer rim which is not smooth - a function of the heart. It is also not complex - but it does have a type of elegance. One interpretation of this one could represent the energy of creation (my personal interpretation is of pain - but that's a tale for another time.)
I have reached the conclusion that these critters are not art - they are craft. My reasoning is that art cannot be reproduced exactly and precisely in its original medium and form; anyone, however, possessing the patterns and knowing the techniques, could replicate these, much as an afghan or table could be duplicated.
Therefore I shall consider myself a craftsman. I do think, however, that these patterns do approach art, in the same way as a mosaic or stained glass window can approach art. I like to think that I have created a new craft form.
Bad word of the day: inflexibility
True kindness never kills.