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INSPIRATION / MOODBOARDs AND MOTIFS

V. Ryan 2011

 

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A motif is a repetitive pattern or shape, often applied to clothes, carpets, cups, lamp shades, and a range of other products. Designers often use natural forms to help inspire a design of motifs.

The Rain Forest Trust logo (seen opposite) has been developed from a frog found in the rain forest. In the same way, designers developing a motif (repeated pattern), often look for inspiration in pictures / images from the natural world.
 
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STAGE ONE:

The shapes drawn below have been found amongst the images / photographs forming the moodboard (above).

The shapes have been simplified, so that they are easy to recognise and easy to draw. They can also be duplicated to form motifs / patterns that can be used on fabrics, carpets, clothing, ceramics (cups and saucers etc...) and other products.
 
STAGE TWO:

The designer takes each simplified shape and duplicates them, forming a repetitive pattern. This is difficult, as shapes are not always symmetrical and cannot be arranged into repetitive patterns easily.
 
 
 
 
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