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This design was inspired by several medieval elements including preserved clothing, metalwork, block prints, paintings and heraldry from the era. The lily of the valley, in particular, is a stylized rendition of the heraldic charge of Aumont, Switzerland. Aside from the green, most of the colors were readily available in medieval times (or at least colors close to them).
I chose lily of the valley as my motif because I was wanting to create a design around it and the medieval contest seemed like a good chance to try it out.