Appreciating detail

Jennifer HohensteinerByJennifer Hohensteiner

Appreciating detail

Hotel Monopol was built in 1905 in a neoclassical style and is a protected historical monument. One of the reasons we are happy to be hosting the 2019 CZT-Europe seminars here is because of the nice architectural and design details that originate from that period. Since I started tangling, I not only notice artistic detail more, I also look at them more closely. I recognize patterns similar to the tangles I use in my Zentangle art, I find potential for new tangles, and I discover new ways of combining patterns. Oh, and sometimes I just admire them!

Last week, I stopped by the hotel with my camera (aka “smartphone”) and went on a little hunt for these kinds of lovely details. As you can see below, I was successful!

I decided consciously not to include information about where I took these pictures in the hotel. When you come to seminar or CZT Day you will then have the pleasure of finding these and other details yourself. And if you are not coming to either of these events, I am sure that they are nonetheless interesting and maybe even inspiring.


This grid is totally fascinating. There’s a star in the middle, the but development of the rays is a wonderful surprise. I think it would make an interesting Zendala string, if you could manage to replicate it. And taken as a whole it reminds me of the pattern “Vache”.

Is this a Dingbatz or what?

And then there was this Dingbatz discovery. In Zentangle circles, there remains a bit of uncertainty about what Dingbatz are, exactly. But I have come to think this is not such a bad thing. If we insist on defining things too precisely, it might not leave enough space for creativity to unfold. And the last thing we want to do is box in our creativity! But this much can be said about Dingbatz. Dingbatz are the Zentangle interpretations of “dingbats” – small graphic ornaments that originated in the field of typesetting. You can see them in older books and texts, where they are often used at the end of a chapter of a book, or to frame a poem. They served as space-fillers and as decorative element.

But at Hotel Monopol, I actually discovered a three-dimensional Dingbatz! Maybe this also serves both a decorative and structural purpose.

And since it is so beautiful, I’ll end with a closer-up version of the picture that is at the top of this blog post. It is definitely one of my favorite details in all of Hotel Monopol.

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