"To add a unifying element to the exhibit, we are asking each artist to design their piece as though they were looking through a window or an arch. Imagine if you were transported back in time and had just traveled along the Spice Route to the marketplace in Tanzania. After the dusty ride– or so I would imagine – you had just taken a rest and were looking out the window of your room at the inn. Consider the architectural elements from your selected spice’s country. Interpretation of your selected spice can be a rendering of the botanical image of the plant, its flower or your visual interpretation of the spice’s flavor, history and color. Consider the use of fabrics or fabric motifs from the spice country."
So I (Sue) selected mustard seed from Western Asia. This encompasses a number of countries and I decided to focus on the area of Israel and Palestine. Taking the guidelines into consideration, I wanted to incorporate both the window concept and botanical image of the plant, and tie them together with textural imagery and reference to the parable of the mustard seed. After some research both online and in books, I started drawing my concept full size. Following the rule of thirds, I allotted 2/3 of the width to the window and 1/3 to the panel on the left.