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 ->
Really like the glaze colour variation of this zillij panel from Alhambra! | Photos from http://patterninislamicart.com
Islamic geometry design cut out of tracing paper
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.
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.