NEW THIS WEEK - February 15th, 2006:
The beauty and magnificence of the animals in vast
sweeping natural wilderness areas draw people from all over the world to Africa
every year. Exotic animals we have only seen in our zoos are a very different
experience when viewed in the wild. They not only excite our imaginations, they
inspire many artistic endeavors, in media from film to canvas to sculpture.
And embroiderers are no different. We, too, want to
capture the excitement of the wild animals on the Serengeti Plains. So,
let's get into our safari togs and climb aboard the land rover, because this
week we're setting out to explore Africa.
Realistic images of the impressive lion, stately elephant, and the
dashing zebra are artfully portrayed in composite designs that display both
their natural habitat and portraits that communicate their noble spirits.
Four design panels will take us on a fanciful journey to see the
diversity of African landscapes and touch on the rich animal life to be
Integral to interpreting any land are the people, their
traditions, wisdom, and lore. Colorful African animals are paired with stylized
symbols in designs inspired by the ancient pictogram writings and traditions of
the Akan people of western Africa. Delight the children with the stories,
proverbs, and life's lessons that these pictograms and animals bring to mind.
Then, if we were to peek outside the tent as the sun is
rising, and see the animals on the move, or catch a glimpse of wild animals
silhouetted against the sunset, we know we'd be inspired to preserve the scene
in embroidery. Climb aboard the land rover and have fun
exploring all the new designs!
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to see designs released in previous weeks!