“Man’s earliest ambition is to create. Man appears everywhere impressed with the beauties of nature which surround him, and seeks to imitate to the extent of his power the works of the creator.” These two statements start off Chapter 1, Ornament of Savage Tribes in The Grammar Of Ornament by Owen Jones.
Hands in the air if you agree.
OK, you can put them down now.
Owen Jones might not have fully appreciated the ornamentation he found in each culture, but he did understand the shared need for expression.
I may not agree with all of his suppositions, but I am so thankful that he felt the need to produce this collection of design elements. What a fun (and work!) it must have been, to visit each locale, collect the specimens, and then produce each sample. I mean really, I would have volunteered in a heartbeat!
Each postcard I have created feels so incomplete to me. There is just no way to capture the essence of a culture in a 4 x 6 inch area. I want to include them all. I had some fun with this design in Photoshop. Just by changing the Hue/Saturation setting, I came up with several different versions.
What do you think?
Looking at this now, I think I need to go back in and add some color in the “woven” section. I didn’t get that quite right.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!