Overall, I am quite happy with the way my project turned out. I think that I did a pretty good job at carving the actual plate, because I had no experience in the area and I was having a lot of trouble at first. I am very happy that all three of the countries that mean most to me are represented in this piece as my cultural influence. Russia is represented in the design because the pattern is split in three parts, similarly to the Russian flag. The Japanese flower motif in the middle represents Japan, and the stripes at the top and the bottom represent America, similar to its flag. All these countries are very important to me, because my mother is Russian, my father is American and I was born and raised in Japan. I feel that the placement of each these features also tell something because Russia and America are represented at the top and bottom of the pattern, and the Japanese motif is in the middle, to symbolise Japan meeting in the middle of both countries, like my parents did. For my personal interest, I chose to add “rest marks” on some of the lines to subtly hint towards music. Music is very important to me because whenever I wasn’t feeling very well, or I was just having a bad day, I would always listen to music to help me through anything that was happening to me. For example, if I was having friendship issues or I felt pressured by something at school, I would turn to music. I think I could improve my cultural influence slightly by making the Russian representation a bit more clear. I feel that if a person were to look at my artwork and analyse its cultural influence, Russia may not necessarily be something that they would come up with. I feel that I could improve the personal interest portion of this project by also making it a bit more clear. If someone was looking at it, they might think that I added it for aesthetic reasons because rectangles are not generally associated with music. However, if a person looked at it a bit more carefully, they might be able to understand the intended meaning behind it.
I am very happy with the way the interlocking aspect of my project turned out. I think that it is pretty much consistent and accurate in terms of how the lines connect with each other. I feel that the lines at the bottom and top of the pattern connect well because they create a diamond shape when you put them together which contrasts well with the smaller diamonds on the sides. I chose five of my pattern prints to be magenta ink on black paper, and the remaining four to be black ink on magenta paper. I chose these colours because I feel that they contrast well when put together. I chose to only use two colours in my project because I felt that it would add a level of simplicity but still have a standout feature with the bright shade of magenta. I feel that my colour plan is balanced and displays a good example of unity because the colours contrast well against each other and are repeated to keep a uniform look.