For my wanderlust themed fabric design I decided to focus on the farmlands of China. Recently I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of the famous Terracotta Warriors on display at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The life-size, incredibly detailed sculptures were only a few of the thousands of warriors buried around 210-209 BC in the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emporer of China. The clay army was discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers digging a well. I love the idea that such a precious artifact was found under formerly generic farmland. I started researching what the actual farmlands of China looked like on Google Earth. After hours of research I decided the shapes and patterns of the fields had to be the subject of my fabric and an aerial view would provide the perfect stance from which to admire them.
Besides Google Earth I also scoured Flickr for more close-up detailed views. Two images by Feng Wei Photography provided an invaluable resource for both shape and color. I love the detailed precision of the fields as well as the overall flowing composition they provide. The images can be viewed here:
Thanks so much for checking out my first design!