Julie M.

ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE

This first image of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Salcedo is an example of a picture that isn’t balanced perfectly in terms of imagery, but each image has an iconic shape (triangle, oval, rectangle) that is replicated equally on each side. 

The sketch for an abstract quilt also represents asymmetrical balance, but in a very different way; the elements are balanced by the “weight” of the various color values, bringing the eye across the quilt and giving it a sense of balance.

The weight of elements are also present in this asymmetrical photo split almost evenly in two by the light standard. The lower, heavier figure on the lower right is balanced by the smaller figure on the left swathed in light. 

RADIAL BALANCE

The  dahlia and the allium blossom are both vivid examples of radial balance. 

A little more unusual example of radial balance is the Cope of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a half-round textile piece with radial imagery coming from a center point. 

CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC BALANCE

A classic image from Andy Warhol illustrates the principle of imagery replicated throughout an image without a focal point. 

The same composition is seen in this quilt photo, where design elements vary little but create a dynamic image.