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Fletcher Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony with Art, Architecture, and Nature
by Rachel Fletcher
Foreword by Kim Williams

Infinite Measure is both a creative workbook and an authoritative reference guide for teachers, students, and practitioners of design, including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, painting, sculpture, the graphic arts, theater and stage design, and even musical instruments and crafts. Taking pages from books of nature, art, and architecture, Fletcher provides visual designers of all art forms and disciplines with geometric methods for composing harmonious spaces and places.

Fletcher shares her professional knowledge and experience by offering practical techniques for design applications, including step-by-step elementary and advanced drawings for producing proportional schemes with a compass and rule; commentaries on geometric symbols and useful theorems; definitions; and etymologies of essential mathematical terms. A highlight of the book are Fletcher's original studies that analyze harmonious proportions in world-famous art, architecture, landscape design, and other compositions. These include the South Rose Window at Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, Andrea Palladio's Villa Emo and Teatro Olimpico, a Stradivari violin, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Beatrix Farrand's garden courtyard for the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, the illuminated Lindisfarne Gospels, a Louis Sullivan stencil for the Chicago Stock Exchange, and Eero Saarinen's North Christian Church.

The desire for harmony is universal among all cultures. In Infinite Measure, we rediscover a fundamental starting point for designers of all ages and skills: the simple act of drawing with a compass and rule―as Frank Lloyd Wright famously taught his architecture apprentices at Taliesin and Taliesin West―can sensitize the designer to the rich subtleties of spatial harmony and proportion, no matter how one ultimately chooses to express it.

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Nominated for a 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award.


$45.00 U.S. (trade discount)
Softcover with flaps and a sewn binding
400 pages with 99 half-tone drawing and 331 line drawings
8.09" x 10.0" upright/portrait
ISBN: 978-1–938086–02–1

Forthcoming in Winter 2013

Distributed by Casemate IPM

About the Author and the Essayist

Book Events, Educational Programs, & Exhibitions:
Tues. & Weds., October 27 & 28, 2015 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, New York, NY
Introduction to the Art of Geometric Proportion

October–November, 2014
New York School of Interior Design
Courses: The Golden Mean as a Design Tool
and The Art and Practice of Geometric Proportion

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Berkshire Community College, Great Barrington, MA
The Art and Practice of Geometric Proportion

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Berkshire Community College, Great Barrington, MA
The Golden Mean as a Design Tool

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The National Arts Club, New York, NY
Palladio and Jefferson: Geometric Influences on Palladian Architecture

Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Lenox Library, Lenox, MA
Book Signing and Lecture

August 15–September 19, 2014
Exhibition at Hillman-Jackson Gallery, Daniel Arts Center
Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, MA
Gallery Talk, Reception, Book Signing: Sept. 4 at 5PM

April 12–May 10, 2014
The Gallery at the Factory, Saugerties, NY
Exhibition: The Perfect Measure - The Golden Mean Ratio in Contemporary Art
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Lecture: Geometric Influences on Palladian Architecture
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Drawing Workshop: Infinite Measure: Learning to Design in Geometric Harmony

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