The inspiration came to me from the harmony of coexistence of natural and artificial shapes. The rectangular shape reflected by the sea I saw in Baku was a first impression that started the story. It was in December so the sea was cold. Then I started to develop the theme of cold harmony. Flowers emerge first in spring when nights are still cold. Steel that is always cold but has a beautiful shine. Grey-green winter sea, waves are coming and coming because of the constant wind. I also came across a picture of a Chilean man wearing woven poncho with a pattern of repeated rectangles which I liked very much. That is how the final “Cold Harmony” pattern was born.
P.s. Picture for the mood board by Joanna Perez Ray for HandEye and by Marina Alin. Painting by Albena Vatcheva
Mosaic floor from Tunisia, showing Medusa in the center. Mosaic fragment from Antakya Archeological Museum, Turkey, 3rd century A.D. Patterns of both pieces are based on the shape of the ‘scallop’ and the design was widespread in Roman and Byzantine … Continue reading →
Mosaics as a traditional art technique represents the fundamental principle of the universe – unity in diversity. All creatures consist of cells; cells from molecules, molecules from atoms, and the atom is a basic unit of matter. So the principle … Continue reading →
Tried to print my English park trees on textile. I ordered stamps with trees cut out of rubber, bought a bottle of olive green Javana Textile Sunny dye by C. Kreul. Found some pieces of cotton, linen, wool and silk … Continue reading →
Tile decoration of mosques always looks like a carpet for me. Painted with biomorphic design tiles symbolise Paradise. Square tile pieces, usually small, when put toghether form a patterm that remind me of rugs, or kilims. Being fasinated with the decoration … Continue reading →
Came across a nice drawing in my geometry workbook. Thought it might look interesting on fabrics. The constructions starts from seven intersected circles – one is in the middle and six around it. This composition is called flower of creation … Continue reading →
These drawings are based on traditional geometry of a stained glass window – four circles are placed inside a large one, as if four essences united by one idea. In Christianity number four is associated with four Evangelists, who represent … Continue reading →
English parks are magnificent. Public and large, cozy and private, I like them all. Best places for walks, contemplation, making sketches, watching and feeding squirrels (a must!), admiration of oaks and planetrees. And a perfect lawn! I draw my own English park. … Continue reading →
In Arabic cut-tile work is called Zillij. This work I made on the 2nd year of my Masters and it is a copy of a zillij panel in the Jame Mosque of Yazd (built in 1330-1365 AD). Zillij is basically … Continue reading →
I made this design after a trip to Baku (Azerbaijan). There are lots of 8-fold geometry decorations around the Old town. I ment this design to be masculine, with elements of steel, wood, emerald and mother of pearl.
Travelled to Sardinia last month. Such a wonderful ceramics they have! Colours are either bright blue and terracota or pale blue, pink and green on white background. Motifs – mostly sealife, folk birds and figures that can also be found … Continue reading →
These flowers are actually Uzbek. My friend asked me to draw a flower, probably a poppy, from an embroidered fabrics she liked very much. I made it in Illustrator. Figured out how to place flowers within a square, then realised … Continue reading →
I like carpets, because I like sitting and laying on the floor. It’s so natural, you cannot fall down from the floor)))) Carpet cultures are always very warm and welcoming, and carpet colours are bright and vivid like flowers in … Continue reading →
Came across a picture of a lovely plate made by Islamic masters of Mawarannahr in 10th century. Most likely the flowers depicted were roses because of a tiny spiral in the middle. I like roses and they remind me of English gardens. So I draw the bouquet motif in Illustrator and used my English garden colour palette. As a result I’ve got a design for, lets say a wallpaper, and a couple of border designs.
This is the first real design I made. Saying ‘real’ I mean that I used my imagination and went experimenting with different ways of filling up the space and colouring it. The basis is traditional Islamic geometry which can be found on walls of mosques and on other Islamic art objects.
My goal was to make it closer to European perception leaving the pronciples of divine proportion untouched. I feel like I made it, so far it is one of my favourite works.
This is the first post of this blog. Basicly, it’s a test:) On the photo below is a work by Kitmir atelier created by Grand Dutches of Russia Maria Pavlovna (1890-1958), whose life inspired me to change my way from ecomonics to art and design.