‘Craft in the design communicates with the craft in the execution’ - Lars Spuybroek.
In this image I have attempted to cohesively illustrate two opposing schools of thought on ornamentation, by John Ruskin and Owen Jones. After studying both their theories for ornamentation in architecture, I have combined natural curves from Ruskin’s way of ornamentation and abstract Egyptian lotuses from the Egyptian plate by Owen Jones (see images at bottom of the page).
It demonstrates that nature and natural objects can be expressed visually by combining guidelines of how to practice art from various cultures and eras. I have maintained symmetry and added depth to ornament in order to command the hierarchy of the ornamentation.
These personal responses to the Ruskin Collection, the ideas expressed within them and any original artwork reproduced here, are the copyright of the individuals involved.