The term Ethnic is used -I believe- too freely these days. I use it more than anything as a guide of sorts for my clients to have a better idea of what to expect. I have not done an anthropological study to use the term formally, so THIS IS MY DISCLAIMER: I use the term in quotation marks: “Ethnic”.
I work a lot in earth tones, love animal shapes and mixing seed, wood and glass beads as “fillers” for my pieces. When put together, those elements give me the impression of a decidedly “African” feel:
My favorite color palette is that of the blues which are everywhere in nature, but mostly as anybody could see in the sky above and the oceans and seas that surround our land masses. The “Mediterranean” blues with the string of islands like a pearl necklace, mixed with the green of the olives and the red of the blood spilled in the ancient myths inspire beautiful combinations such as these:
The “Orient” reminds me of red, black and white. The beauty of antique red and black laquered furniture and the pretty tassels dangling from lucky mirrors. They are all here:
Egypt, with its sands that cover everything after a dessert storm just to let you uncover the hidden hieroglyphs, the Gods’ symbols that mark the past of a glorious and -still today- misterious past:
From the sands of Egypt we can easily move to the lush variety of greens in the tropical rainforests, where you follow paths that open up to unexpected abbandoned temples where the Mayans are said to have worshipped. Go ahead, take another step, move further out of the forest and hear the birds sing in the jungle:
This is the end of the “tour” for now. Hope you have enjoyed it and will come again for future updates.