Sketchbook Roundup 2019 - Week 5

Sketchblog Sketchbook Roundup 2019

I'm continuing my "100" theme into February now, with a shift in content: 100 re-imagined designs from Owen Jones' 1856 visual history classic "The Grammar of Ornament".
I picked it up because I have been recently intrigued by the patterns and designs that cultures make for themselves, historically and now; what method-and-madness backstories they had, what materials and tools they used and why, etc. Following my curiosity, I'm simply re-designing some of the patterns he documented so I can engage with the material, and that's about that.
All right, so Jones goes in chronological order, starting with "primitive" designs from cloths and mats hailing from James Cook's Polynesian stomping grounds: the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Fiji, and Tahiti: 
Tahitian cloth
Hawaiian cloth
Hawaiian cloth
Fijian cloth made from mulberry bark, which involved stripping small sections of paper bark from the mulberry tree.
Tongatapu matting
Cloth (Mr.Jones oddly doesn't specify where exactly this design originates.)
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From there he moves to Egypt. Most folks know a bunch about ancient Egypt, so I'll just plow ahead:
From a mummy cave
Ceiling of tomb
Ceiling of tomb
Painted border of tomb
Painted border of tomb
Dado from tomb of Ramses
Tomb at Giza, which is cool because they incorporated a painted wood-grain look.
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Assyrian and Persian design is next, which was largely recovered from the columns and upper walls of Assyrian palaces, the bas-reliefs of Nineveh, the ornaments of Persepolis. We call this region Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey today. Many of these motifs were inspired by Egypts' aesthetics, and then later borrowed by the Greeks and Romans.
Sculptured pavement from Kouyunjik (which is better known as Nineveh)
 Painted ornaments from Nimroud, which is the name that Carsten Niebuhr attributed for the ancient Assyrian city of Kalhu
Sacred trees of Nimroud
Painted ornaments of Nimroud
Ornament on the side of the staircase of Palace No. 2, Persepolis. Persepolis was the capital of Darius I's empire. He ruled from 521-486 BC.
A composite of Sassanian ornaments from Isfahan (which was the last Persian empire before the rise of Islam) and archivolts from Taq-e Bostan.
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Using old motifs as a basis for "new" design was very rewarding. It was also a good challenge. I hope you enjoyed this walk through history!

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