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Starting of on my project, I always had an idea of the base of the tapestry having prints on them before I started on stitching. The prints that I had in mind were medieval-like patterns on the fabric, because I had always envisioned the setting of the song lyrics The Queen and The Soldier to be situated in the Medieval Era. I found some pattern design on a relic of a wellhead that I came across at the V&A Museum, I thought that the patterns around the edges of the wellhead would make good prints, I liked the way that the circular shapes overlapped and wove around each other to create a unique design.
^ Relics of Wellhead in the V&A museum.
Because in my proposal, I had related my own Malaysian government and Prime Minister and the corruption in my story, I also aded in some symbols that had a representation of Malaysia, which were the countries national flower, the Hibiscus, the countries flag and the traditional rice pack that is made during the fasting season.
Mixing up patterns from the two cultures, I created a design that was inspired from medieval relics but had Malaysian symbolism in it.
I enjoyed making the pattern designs, I think that this is a good way to personalise my project idea and also bring the context of my Government being corrupt into the project. I also feel that I am making a good start to my project this way, and I didn't think that I would be combining Malaysian symbolisms with medieval relics.
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