Pomegranates/ Oh suzani!/ Pattern happy/CollectiviteaWelcome to Day 35 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge! Today’s creative prompt is inspired by our love for textiles and the #TextileTuesday hashtags on social media. The creative exercise is for us to draw a pomegranate, and second, see how many patterned pomegranates we can create. Why pomegranates? Pomegranate flowers and fruits are a very common fertility motif on suzanis, the heavily embroidered panels of cloth that are part of a bride’s dowry. The word suzani comes from suzan or sozan meaning ‘needle’ in Persian, and large suzanis are highly sought-after, boho-chic decor accessories. Apart from their popularity as textile motifs (the Philadelphia Museum of Art had an exhibition, “The Pomegranate in Textiles” that I would have loved to have visited), the pomegranate is also fun to draw and as depicted on these textiles, lends itself to a quick caricature. Ready to draw some pomegranates? Draw solid colored pomegranates, polka-dotted ones, striped, checkered and more! Remember the only limit is your imagination! I have a photograph (below) on my table of a suzani that I saw some years ago at the Louvre gaily patterned with pomegranate flowers and fruits that may help you get started.Pomegranates/ Oh suzani!/ Pattern happy/Collectivitea

Day 35 Creative Exercise: Draw A Pomegranate

Go For It: Once you have drawn the basic pomegranate, let your inner child out to play and create as many patterned pomegranates as you can! Pomegranates/ Oh suzani!/ Pattern happy/CollectiviteaJust as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see  a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya

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