Celebrating spirals! Flowers, plants, snails, shells, broccoli, pine cones ->
My article ‘Baku – Arabesque in stone’ http://islamic-arts.org/2013/baku-arabesque-in-stone/
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
Design for plates
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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
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.