The pattern I have created is slightly inspired by the repeat pattern found on “mashrabiyas” which are wooden screens found around the city. Their original use was to shield women’s faces, whilst in the home, from neighbours due to Islamic ideas that womens hair or faces canont be seen by men other than their husband. They are now used as decorative pieces found in riads and restaurants. Another inspiration are the decorative lights that project patterns on to walls and ceilings. Light is always something that fascinates me, whether it be an object that works with natural light or a light fitting like the ones found at the restaurant I have featured in my sketchbook.
This is the first thing I have created. The fabric sample uses paints on bondaweb that have been cut into a repeat shape to create the pattern and fixed using the heat of an iron. I have digitalised the pattern by scanning it and playing with it using Corel Draw before cutting out some cardboard pieces to experiment with.
Some highlights from my trip to Morocco.