How symmetry inspired my latest artwork - Manuela Bianco
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How symmetry inspired my latest artwork

Have you ever noticed symmetry in nature? A ladybird’s perfectly symmetrical spots, for example. Or how you could draw a line down the middle of some leaves or flowers and each side would be the exact mirror of the other side. I find this order and simplicity so satisfying and it’s something I’ve always been drawn to.

However it wasn’t until a photographer friend pointed out that I could turn some of my work into symmetrical art pieces that I had my light bulb moment. I had worked on a commission for a client – a horizontal piece to fit on the wall near their dining table – and the photographer who was working with me showed me how my work would look mirrored. It blew my mind! I’d always worked with an idea of the end result but this opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Because when you mirror a drawing, you’re never quite sure how it’s going to look.

It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.

Henri Poincare

I decided to try sketching flowers from a side angle, in a slightly abstract way. I kept the base of the drawing quite wide, always bearing in mind that it would be mirrored. I had a rough idea of what kind of composition I wanted but I also had faith in the power of symmetry —as it creates something beautiful all of the time! 

The original artwork for my symmetry inspired artwork ‘Mirrored Bloom’


And so ‘Mirrored Bloom’ was created. I’m delighted with how it turned out – the composition is really pleasing and I almost don’t recognise the original drawing in it! It seems to shape-shift and I find myself looking at it differently every time. Sometimes it takes the form of an insect or other times I just see a pattern. I’d love to hear what you see in it!

Mirrored bloom flower painting using symmetry
Symmetry in motion: the finished ‘Mirrored Bloom’ artwork

I’m excited to announce that is in the latest addition to my online shop and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

How my work is printed

Like all the artwork in my shop it has been printed on cotton, acid-free paper of the highest quality. It’s printed with ink pigment – not toner – and is guaranteed to last for 200 years. The colours stay true and it’s lovely to the touch too. Most of my prints are a standard size (except my A3 prints) and will fit in any regular IKEA or other such frame. 

I have three main types:

  • A4 (see an example in the Instagram image to the right)
  • A set of two which are slightly bigger than A3
  • And one that is 50 x 50

Now if you’re wondering which of my artwork would fit into your room, then I have the solution for you. Just email me a picture of the space you’d like my artwork to fit in and I’ll create a mock-up of how it could look. See below for a before and after example. It’s a great way of figuring out just what would suit your home.

So whether symmetrical artwork is your thing or you prefer less uniform pieces, why not have a browse through my shop to see if there’s something to brighten up your walls for the coming winter? And, remember, if there’s something that you have in mind, which isn’t in the shop, please get in touch – I’m open for commissions! 


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