Formline is a Pacific NW Native American art style. Using a pre-defined set of shapes the artist used these to create the design. Each shape helps move the design along by adding flow, directional movement energy, and contrast.

Basic Formline Shapes

These are some of the most common shapes associated with the formline style. For starters, the bread loaf looking shape at the top left is the king shape in formline. This shape is called an “Ovoid”. The Ovoid is one of the Key base shape that other shapes go off.

Other Key shapes are the “Trigons”, these are the sucked in a triangle shape on the top right. Next to the bread loaf. Then you have Crescents and circles and U-Shapes. These look like a “U” (not pictured above).

One of the key ideas with this style of art is the movement of energy or water. Also the play between positive and negative space.

I am in the process of learning how this amazing art form works,  as I go on you will see the designs change in style a bit to fit the more traditional style at least that is the idea.

Onto the designs.