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Minoan Dolphins of Akrotiri by Su_G fabric by su_g on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Preview scale: 21.0 x 18.0 inches

by su_g

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Description: Dolphins of Akrotiri, after a fresco in the Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete. Railroad repeat also available (see link below). © Su Schaefer 2012 Minoan Dolphins of Akrotiri.
© Su Schaefer 2012
Also available in a railroad repeat (running vertically rather than horizontally) suitable for upholstery and wallpaper borders. Coordinates: 'Colored sands' and 'Sea over colored sands'.

Dolphins are one of the most intelligent animals, and their apparent friendliness and playfulness have made them popular in human culture since the time of the Minoans (c. 1500 B.C.) and probably long before. Except for humans, they have few natural enemies.

This is my interpretation of what the original artist's intent might have been in what is now a fresco in the Palace of Knossos, Crete. Controversy surrounds the fresco, which is a 'restoration'. Some experts think the original belonged to the floor above, rather than a wall within, the Queen's Megaron or chamber in the Palace. It was challenging to research the area and draw my own conclusions about what the original artist's intent might have been.

For instance, what was the palette of the time? Some say that the bright (or garish) colors of the restoration would have been faithful to the original. Others disagree. Cretan artists had available to them: white (from lime), red (ferrous earths & haematite), yellow (ocher), mineral black, and blue ('Egyptian blue', or blues derived from glaucophane, or, possibly azurite: I went with glaucophane which is a soft grayish-blue),

Another challenge: what was the actual dolphin species depicted? There are around forty species in 17 genera, but none shows the exact pattern of stripes depicted by the Cretan artist. In shape, they are closest to the so-called 'common dolphin', which has a number of varieties. One of its defining characteristics is its coloration: dark back, white belly, and an hourglass pattern on each side, in light grey, yellow or gold in front to gray in the back.

Designed as a half drop, basic repeat; Minoan Dolphins of Akrotiri railroad repeat here.
Currently set @ Fabric: 200 ppi [proofed on FQ @ 205]; Wallpaper: 150; Gift wrap: 358 ppi. Scale can be changed - message me in the Comments below.

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su_g

su_g says: Thanks so much Tina, I very much appreciate your lovely comments and feedback. This is a design I've worked on for soooo long I've almost begun to hate it...

Posted over 3 years ago.

ottoman...

ottomanbrim says: Su-This is so lovely! The repeat is so well done and I love the colors and the texture of the water!

Posted over 3 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Showing yardage printed on cotton poplin (and again, to my eye the yellows in the pic are just a tad stronger than they are in 'real life'). I'm so thrilled with how it printed overall.

su_g uploaded a fabric image for su_g's design Minoan Dolphins of Akrotiri by Su_G :

Rrrrr5b-latest-smaller-more-separated_dolphins_12x8.6_copy_comment_283843_thumb

Posted over 3 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Close up detail of a pair of the dolphins, printed on poplin. It did print beautifully, though to my eye the yellows in the pic are a tad stronger than in 'real life'.

su_g uploaded a fabric image for su_g's design Minoan Dolphins of Akrotiri by Su_G :

Rrrrr5b-latest-smaller-more-separated_dolphins_12x8.6_copy_comment_283841_thumb

Posted over 3 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Thanks so much Cal! I'm taking your idea for a lengthwise continuous version on board, so thanks very much for that! So glad you feel it is in keeping with how you felt about the original fresco, that is VERY important to me.

Posted over 3 years ago.

materia...

materialsgirl says: Su, I love the way this turned out! I can certainly understand the issues that can arise with paintings to get them to mesh in a continuous pattern. Seems like it would almost be easier if this pattern could run along the length of the fabric like a long wall fresco. The wallpaper too. The water effect is beautiful and translucent. An effective depth of space too. Most importantly for me is the that it has a beautiful spirit which is in keeping with how I felt about the original fresco. Lovely! Congrats!

Posted over 3 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Deborah thanks so much for your wonderful comment and feedback - especially about the sense it gives of looking "down into rather than at" - and you can end with any preposition you like, as what you say makes perfect sense to me!

Posted over 3 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: This is beautiful, Su, and I enjoyed reading the information about the dolphins and your interpretation. The gauzy webbed background gives the impression that one is looking down into rather than looking at. (I know you aren't supposed to end a sentence with the word "at!" I just couldn't figure out a way to say what I meant any better.)

Posted over 3 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Thanks Isabella! It was a lot of fun making that background, but a lot of pain putting it together as a half-drop that didn't look obviously repeated...

Posted about 4 years ago.

inscrib...

inscribed_here says: Great idea, Su. Well researched and executed. I love the colours in the background.

Posted about 4 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: It was a lot of work Joan - but I enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the feedback.

Posted about 4 years ago.

joanmcl...

joanmclemore says: So many great elements in the design Su! It makes me tired to think of all the research and work to create this. I especially love that water effect. The arched movement really gives the feeling of dolphins as they swim. So it feels as if you have taken something antique but given it your own flair. Great work!

Posted about 4 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Thanks so much Pat, much appreciated. The night after I entered it I thought I should have designed it as a half-brick repeat (I'm a bit slow, but I might work on that...)

Posted about 4 years ago.

chickot...

chickoteria says: Spectacular..i love this too... beautiful interpretation, really beautiful!

Posted about 4 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Thanks for the feedback Tanya, Veronica and Rhonda. It was so interesting - and challenging - doing this design & I'm glad you enjoyed my research snippets (there was so much more I could have added!). The most fascinating thing for me was trying to work out how the original might have looked... I puzzled over those crackled lines for a long time (Rhonda your eyes are very sharp!) until I saw a photo of turtles just under the surface of the water & realised the artist was representing that surface wave pattern! Thanks again for your comments.

Posted about 4 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: Your design conveys a wonderful impression of dolphins, and their fish companions, swimming through crystalline watery depths. This is enhanced by the texture of the dappled, multi-hued background pattern The crackled lines that are overlaid on the design simultaneously hint of the antiquity of the original fresco and of the play of bright sunlight on the surface of the sea! It was fascinating to read the snippets of your research that you shared in the design description, Su!

Posted over 4 years ago.

vdyej

vdyej says: Very cool and beautiful - Minoan is one of my favorite art periods! I love the originality of your answer! Good luck!

Posted over 4 years ago.

pininkie

pininkie says: Definately the new owl! You did a load of research - your findings are really interesting. I think it would be lovely on a lighter fabric like the silk.

Posted over 4 years ago.

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