Looking for inspiration the other day I delved into my tatty copy of the *'Encyclopaedia of Patterns and Motifs' and found myself once again captivated not so much by samples of intricate Gothic metalwork or illuminated manuscripts, but by the graphic simplicity of these. Sometimes less is definitely more. Lovely, aren't they?
Carved soapstone zebra from Zimbabwe
Native American food bowl decoration from Arizona
Art Nouveau book illustrations based on images of Can Can dancers
Japanese nobleman badges
Snake design from Ghana
*Encyclopaedia of Patterns and Motifs by Dorothy Bosomworth 1995