When I think of Emily, I see this laid back woman covered on layers of oversized wool jumpers with lots of patterns, textures and colours.
Patterns in art appear in many art forms around the world, from the detailed geometric Islamic motifs to the symmetrical patterns on woven Najavo blankets to the contemporary art designs you see everywhere. Every culture has its own distinct set of folk patterns that appear on textiles, architecture, manuscripts, masks, and other objects.
Patterns in contemporary art can add a strong element of interest to ceramics, painting, drawing or mixed media pieces. In many cases, patterns form main element of interest in a composition which can be easily associated from one thing to another, something that could be interesting in this project to portray Emily.
One of my all time favourite artists, Gustav Klimt, which explores colours and patterns in his work in a exquisite manner.His painting style is ornate, elaborate and decorative. He was rather successful at mixing historical and traditional elements, like patterns and subjects, with a contemporary approach to painting. He also combined abstracted patterns with realistic figure painting, demonstrating how skillfully he managed to combine the old with the new as well as abstract movement with realism movement.