In the second part of Textile Culture, we had to learn about symbolism. Why are symbols important, how are patterns used to communicate and how history tells a story about textile from past history. In addition, we learned about the color wheel, investigated and practiced color theory and we had to create a pattern which represents us. Then, we had to sketch a pattern that told a story the different symbols that we chose and put them on our textile piece. We learned how to screen print and to transfer the 4 symbols onto the textile using different colors. It was interesting to see how the different colors of the patterns reflected the story and feeling of the piece.
AH Artist Statement
This story is about the symbolism of Jewish history. It’s important to understand Jewish history alongside all other religious, but this is important to me since I am currently learning Jewish religion, history and folklore. The story does not have to be told in a pattern, but I created a pattern of symbols I thought was important and represent my story well. Long, long ago in Egypt and Israel, the Jewish religion was born. The stories and practices were written in the Torah and guided by the 10 commandments. In today’s world, we celebrate our religion with lighting the Shabbat candles and drinking wine and grape juice. I value the family part of my religion the most and, even though I am not very religious, these symbols are important to me. The white on my fabric represents the Torah scroll parchment paper; the brown represents the polls of the parchment paper is attached to; the gold represents the richness of the religion. I made the wine cup blue because that is the color that represent the Jewish religion and wine brings enjoyment in every Shabbat. Black is the outline of the Shabbat Candles. The colors that represent my symbols are blue harmony, gold elegant, green eternity, white spiritual, brown stability, and black power. The pattern design I drew my symbols that face different directions.