Arabic calligraphy as a source of inspiration for designers
In early October, 2014, on the exhibition of «Jameel Prize» works of Muslim designers were presented. One of the most significant was the installation of Mounir Fatmi titled «Technology». Source of inspiration for the artist’s was an Arabic calligraphy. As we know, in the Islamic religious tradition portraits and images of figures of saints or events are not prohibited, but perceived disapproval. Therefore, over the centuries other methods of artistic representation: perspective, volume light have successfully developed. Geometric compositions, floral motifs were also popular. With the help of these techniques texts of the Koran, scientific works, epics, legends, and other documents showing its age have been illustrated. The Art of the Arab countries is a dialogue of ancient oriental culture, the Islamic tradition and European experience. At the same time, it is a rich source of inspiration for designers all directions. Experts of the educational program «Jameel Prize» talk about it.
Arabic calligraphy currently has an independent artistic value, as well as extensive practical application. Calligraphy is typical convention of her artistic language. In this connection, it performs two important functions: art-decorative, religious and mystical. Identity of eastern culture has helped to keep intact the traditional religious means of expression. And artistic techniques continue to evolve and improve to meet the needs of today.
How Arabic calligraphy reflected in the work of designer? Munir Fatma in his compositions used only 2 main elements: the Arabic script and the most perfect form of all time: the circle. It remains unknown how many different tracks embedded in this installation. Perhaps, hundreds or even, thousands. The human eye can not distinguish so rapidly changing parts. But the camera copes with this task. Art studies show that contemporary works by artists of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are common with artistic techniques of masters of ancient Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Assyria and the Arab Caliphate. And hence the stone’s throw from the most ancient sources of the great science: astrology. Therefore, this installation also looks particularly attractive for astrologers. Look at these pictures. In our view, they are most relevant to the astrological symbols and configurations of the planets. Some of them illustrate the harmonious and inharmonious aspects between planets. Others clearly reflect Moon phases or the planets of the solar system.
We have already told in Veronica's Tkachenko articles about unusual inspiration sources for designers. How to use these compositions in fashion and in everyday life? They can be used to create new patterns on the fabric (of course, subject to copyright), to harmonize the proportions of a human body in the finished garment, for 3D printing and others. Perhaps you want a new way to combine black and white things, do permutation in the apartment or find a new way to solve the problem of space arrangement.
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