During a recent trip to Japan I became very interested in the cultural influence of the Japanese Proverbs. The Japanese Proverbs were written as a simple and easily understood way of impressing the morals and values of traditional Japan onto the masses.
During my time in Japan, I also learnt about a problem facing Japanese Youth. Currently in Japan the loss of traditional culture in Japanese youth is seen as a major problem, therefore the aim of this project was to develop a series of textile patterns that (like the Japanese Proverbs) would help re-excite Japanese youth with the traditions of their heritage.
The result was a series of textile patterns inspired by both traditional Japanese Textiles and Architecture.
The Shinto Shrine is one of the three major varieties of traditional Japanese Architecture. A Shinto Shrine is typically very heavily decorated with motifs that pay homage to nature. Influence from these motifs resulted in a textile pattern called Shrine.