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Marina Bijelic

MA Textile Design

As a designer I have always been fascinated by the patterns found in nature. I want to create imagery that reflects natural behaviour and in particular the notion of “swarming”. I do this by showcasing comparable group mentalities in a wide range of species through design. Focusing my work on swarms in nature and understanding the underlying reasons behind these events lead me to create my current works. To truly understand group mentality in nature is to understand the biological studies of “swarm intelligence” and “collective behaviour.” These studies not only explain the action, but also the reasoning behind the visual composition of these get together and indeed my practice.

I believe nature collectives are something that should be brought to the forefront of pattern making, since they are a natural phenomenon that have been fascinating interdisciplinary researchers for a long time. Inspired by the themes of “Kitsch” art, I create the natural effect of swarms through bright colour, illustration and digital design. I am using imagery to create movement that is seamless and infinite as well as a bold. With design and biological studies, I developed a method to contextualize behaviour of different groups of life. This all stems from my aim to showcase the world of natural patterns.

Marina Bijelic work at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017
Marina Bijelic work at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017
Marina Bijelic work at the NUA MA Degree Show 2017
MA Catalogue imagery by Amy Ollett at Norwich University of the Arts

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