So I decided to post something I did a while back. These 2 pieces I did back in 2010 for my AP Portfolio concentration. For my concentration I decided to design my own patterns based off of cultures that I researched (that's the short of it). So these if I remember right were my first designs. I wanted to make the patterns based on what I interpret from a particular culture. I knew I wanted to do some sort of African culture and since a friend, at the time, was going to Ethiopia I decided to do more research on the culture. I loved how the people mixed and meshed so many things together like their traditions passed down or learned from other people groups.
This is the first pattern I did which takes the recognizable zebra print and turned it up a notch by mixing in lines like the huts some of the people live in and the 'paisley-like' shape with the circle interior like the wooden lip plates women have.
Another thing I love about the Ethiopian culture is how all the different people groups use such bright colors but still have their natural colors surrounding them, so I used that finding as my base for adding color.
I loved the whole process of this piece along with the other cultural pattern pieces I did for my concentration. After writing about this one and really looking at it again I might do some more pattern designs, because not only do I have fun designing patterns, I learn new things about different cultures!
Hope you enjoy!
Materials: Pen and Ink