Friday, October 8, 2010

Graphic Design: Competition: Furoshiki

Furoshiki, or wrapping cloths, are stylish and distinctive everyday items emblematic of the Japanese tradition of wrapping things. Since they are reusable and therefore do not impose a burden on the environment, furoshiki have attracted renewed interest in recent years, both in Japan and elsewhere. The design of the furoshiki (for US participants) should evoke a fusion of the United States and Japan.
My inspiration was cowboys and ninjas, specifically how the spur of a cowboy boot is similar to a ninja shuriken/throwing star.  But for a modern feel I took these elements and various patterns from both Japanese prints and the designs on the cowboy boot and combined them as follows.

This smaller was a beginning idea that I used to gather ideas and and had continued with other ideas I liked better like the one above.  But this one is still pretty hehe.

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