Tiles from Egypt

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Came across a collection of delicate Egyptian tiles of 12-14th century. Love the colour palette! They remind me of mosques decoration in Damascus.  Probably the same period of history.  Source – Metropolitan museum of art, New York. 8 lovely pieces ->Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_6Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_5 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_4 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_2 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_3 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_7 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met_1 Tile, 12th–14th century, Egypt, Met

 

African sketches

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Made some sketches on African theme. Don’t know how to use them for textile design yet, need to wait for some enlightment.

Original African textile designs are simple and have a sense of rythm. Tribal culture in general is very much based on ‘rythm’, probably reflecting a heartbeating. Have a look on my African textils collection on http://www.pinterest.com/marinaalin/african-textils/ if you’re interested.

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Turquoise melody

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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.

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