June 19, 2010

The Illustration Friday theme is "Paisley"

According to Wikipedia, "Some design scholars call the distinctive shape boteh and believe it is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree: a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity." So I aimed for hints of cypress and flowers. Also, Julia proposed a "Paramecium Paisley", so its cilia got in there, as well. Quite possibly it is all about the life that surges forth from the root, an exuberant blossoming. I'd heard of the Scottish town Paisley, but didn't know "By the mid-nineteenth century weaving had become the town's principal industry. Paisley is still very well-known for the Paisley Shawl and its reproduction Paisley Pattern, which became fashionable around this time." It is from these shawls that the swirly floral teardrop shape gets its name in English.

Permutation of Paisley
June 21, 2010

Mandala adapted from the paisley design I did for the Illustration Friday theme of "Paisley"

Designed for repeat-ability so that it could be a fabric design!

©Joan Ann Lansberry


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