Concept: Pattern and Weaving

Step one in my quest to art a blog header! (The post that got me going on this process.)

It may sound superficial to some, but I honestly feel that objects of beauty are one way of having your interest piqued re: foreign cultures. For me, textiles and wearable art (head gear, masks, jewellry) are that thing. Music and food are also good, but my personal tastes interfere on this front; I’m much more drawn to certain parts of the world than others. But textiles and wearable art, I find all forms fascinating and exquisite.

What makes textiles particularly special in my eyes is that there is ample space to play with colour and patterns. Being a 2D art kind of person, I find patterns a fascinating glimpse into the worldview of a different culture. You get a sense of what’s important to a culture, and also their sensibilities.

So for my header I want to have some patterns. But just having abstract patterns by itself is a bit contextless… I want the fictive world to feel as real, so there has to be a character in the image.

So I started searching for images of people weaving. There are many different ways of weaving, but I decided to go for the very dramatic looking vertical loom-based techniques like those used in the Turkic world. So off I went to Google Images (bless this tech), and started sketching.  Some thoughts I jotted down while doing research:

  • Just hands is mysterious and nice, plus getting up close and personal with the textile is kind of appealing. But just a hand is a bit too devoid. So more mystery, like a full figure weaving would be good.
  • A one-point perspective pic that has the tapestry at a slight angle might be nice, makes a more interesting composition, but I want the tapestry to take centre stage. So no skewing.
  • Checked out vertical looms from Turkey, Australia, Navajo, India, and they more or less have the same basic structure. Probably don’t need to spend too much detail on the loom itself for the picture.

So at the moment the rough looks something like this (pretty anticlimactic, actually):


So now the tricky (but fun) part! What pattern is the weaver weaving? Is it a pattern? If so what kind of symbolism will it display? Or is it a depiction of a scene? How does the weaver feel about the subject matter? This will have to go on to another post where I nut out my thought process of how to infer a world via the tapestry and its weaver.

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