Researching source material & developing

My research topic is Morocco.

I chose this as a subject, as I have been to Marrakesh in Morocco and fell in love with it for the amount and variety of colour, texture and pattern. Everywhere you look you can see beautiful colours and patterns in everyday objects such as tiles, rugs, pottery, as well as in the amazing architecture and decoration... then there is the history with tanneries and weaving!

For my "sketchbook", I used a Moroccan holiday brochure, which I took apart, gesso'd, and put back together, filling with photos from my holidays, drawings, as well as leaving some of the original brochure images showing.

As I have just finished my drawing module ( which I found quite painful, as I am not very good at drawing and found it hard to try and draw realistically rather than pattern and mark making) I think most of this sketchbook is filled with a more playful and abstract kind of sketching.

A close up drawing of a Moroccan tile pattern - I love the colours used in these tiles and have used gold flakes to emphasise the beautiful gold colour.

Repeating the golden yellows and blues found throughout the images and adding silhouettes of Moroccan towers.

Memories of my holiday in Morocco.

Another Moroccan tile pattern

An abstract image of boats taken from a photo. I used in inktense blocks to draw the rough shape of the boats, then added water to blur the edges. Acrylic paint was added on top to emphasise the red marks in the photo.

I remember the markets in Morocco, with their piles of fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, and dried flowers such as lavender and roses hips. What made these even more stunning, was the fact that instead of having small pile of each item (as we might do here), each seller would have a massive pile of one item which led to big blocks of colour. Again, using inktense blocks, I sketched the colour of tomatoes and onions.

the most exciting memory from Marrakesh, was the colourful Souks. Again, each seller sold one item, which resulted in amazing patterns.inspired by the rows and rows of leather shoes, I carved a simple pattern of the top of five shoes into a rubber. I then printed this with black ink in a repeating pattern.

Another item seen everywhere in both the souks and houses, are the lamps, traditionally with black iron?patterned frames, many with coloured glass inside. This drawing was again made with inktense blocks and water.

This collage was made from old envelopes cut in a repeating pattern, similar to patterns found throughout Moroccan designs.

As many of the photos I have only have partial parts of tile designs, I wanted to take one of those designs and repeat it to give the full effect of the pattern. I used Illustrator, to map out the basic design, but as my printer couldn't handle so much colour, I just printed the outlines then coloured the design in with Aqua markers, which I then spritzed with water so the colours would merge together... I think a design like this would look amazing as a fabric print, and if I had more time it would be interesting to colour the pattern in Illustrator and play with changing the colour schemes.

Here are a couple of fabric samples by Michael Miller that have been created by him inspired by Marrakesh. it's interesting to see how effective a simple pattern can be on fabric. It's also interesting to see at the green and yellow pattern, and note how changing the colour scheme can make a tradditional Moroccan design look less Moroccan.

I wanted this painting two highlight the beautiful range of colours seen in many of the woven items seen in the souks, including scarfs and bedthrows.

This image is of two pairs of traditional leather slippers, both with detailed embroidery and beadwork.

On this page I experimented with various rubbings and prints, taken from the glass out of a Moroccan lamp.

Another item I had from okay was a patterned brass camel, I used graphite sticks to take rubbings from the side of the camel. As the camel was a 3-D object it was hard to pick up the patterns.

On this page I stuck paper and wet wipes that I had used to blot the boat image, and several images with the same blue. I then took the mustard colour and added it to the blotted paper.

Lines of colour from hanging silk scarfs.

Many of the tiles and designs in Morocco were made with a hollow kind of lattice in which the gaps were filled with colour (I'm not sure what the technical name for this is). I tried to repeat some of these designs by drawing the shape in wax then adding colour in the gaps.

In this painting I wanted to capture the beautiful colours that I saw in the tanneries in Marrakesh.

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