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Collection: Oceans and their creatures
Featuring a newish release: 'An inky blue wash on the scales'. Thanks so much everyone for your faves, comments, purchases & project pictures - so much appreciated! All designs © Su Schaefer, All Rights Reserved
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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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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.
Su-This is so lovely! The repeat is so well done and I love the colors and the texture of the water!
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.
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Minoan Dolphins of Akrotiri by Su_G :
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'.
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.
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!
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!
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.)
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 over 4 years ago.
Great idea, Su. Well researched and executed. I love the colours in the background.
It was a lot of work Joan - but I enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the feedback.
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!
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...)
Spectacular..i love this too... beautiful interpretation, really beautiful!
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.
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!
Very cool and beautiful - Minoan is one of my favorite art periods! I love the originality of your answer! Good luck!
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.
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