The width of doubles – part two

Long lengths of paper in rolls and laid out on a floor
Measure, check, measure again, cut
Long lengths of paper in rolls and laid out on a floor
Measure, check, measure again, cut

In a recent blog post I wrote about starting a long narrow scroll painting based on memories of mosses. I’d carefully considered the width, measured and cut a paper strip 7cm x 350cm, and spent many hours painting, when the thought finally popped into my head – how wide are double yellow lines?

I knew that double yellow lines weren’t all the same colour. I used to live on the outskirts of a North York Moors village which was a popular destination for tourists. The Parish Council wanted a solution to manage roadside parking whilst minimising visual impact and so double ‘Primrose Yellow’ lines were introduced.

It turns out that double yellow lines aren’t all the same width either, there are three widths specified for yellow lines:
75mm on roads with a speed limit of 40 mph or less
100mm on roads with a higher speed limit
50mm wide lines may be used in ‘environmentally sensitive’ areas
The gap between double yellow lines must be the same as the width of each line.
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Traffic_Signs_Manual/Chapter_5/2009/20

The painting I’d just made was 70mm wide. I looked at my ruler – 10cm could they really be that wide? I went out and checked – the lines I measured really were 10cm wide!
I considered my options, I was actually quite amused, but also this had been really useful in highlighting the importance of scale and perspective. My studio is beautifully light and airy thanks to a glass art Deco ceiling, this can give a deceptive sense of space. A piece that looks big in the studio will look very different in the setting of Wakefield Cathedral. I want the pieces that I make to have a sense of human scale, and I cant compete with the incredible architectural detail, however, increasing the size a little will reduce the chance of the work getting lost.

So what did I do? – I set about measuring, marking, checking and cutting a new set of scrolls – 100mm wide – for ‘Memories of Moss’ and some for another piece.

You can read more about the Dandelions and Double Yellows project and exhibition here.

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