Step-out of the month for February 2024: nexta
The Step-out of the Month for February 2024 was nexta by Dari Stolzoff.
The step-out for Januar 2024 is bent, a tangle deconstructed by Sabine Rück.
We are starting off the new year with a particularly fun tangle deconstructed by German CZT Sabine Rück.
Her tangle "bent" came about when she was preparing for the European Zentangle Teacher Training Seminar, which she attended in October of 2023. Since she hadn't been tangling that long, she wanted to make sure that she was ready for the seminar, and decided to complete all the exercises in the Zentangle Primer Vol. 1 by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. She was working on one of the very first exercises in the book when the idea for bent emerged. If you look at her step-out below, you can see how it starts off a lot like the tangle crescent moon. But by connecting opposite crescents with lines that curve toward each other, something completely new and unexpected comes about. Just like its name, bent creates the illusion of a tube-like shape that is bending toward the viewer.
For Sabine, the name has another meaning, which has to do with her life. "Sometimes I have to deal with situations that don't suit me. I don't feel real, as if I have to bend. When it's all over, I've learned something new and, looking back, something beautiful came about."
I just love that! Haven't we all had experiences like this? It's a wonderful thing to be reminded of as we explore bent this January.
Here are some of the things I did with bent:
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