Illustrator Turns Landscapes Into Gorgeous Clothing Patterns with Clever Cutouts

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Illustrator Turns Landscapes Into Gorgeous Clothing Patterns with Clever Cutouts

Shamekh Al-Bluwi, a Jordan-based illustrator, has once again fused his passions for art, architecture and fashion into a new project: a series of illustrations depicting women with dress designs cut out, which are then held up against a variety of backdrops: cityscapes, tile patterns, construction sites, intricate architecture and much more. This unique and inspiring project has accompanied Al-Bluwi on his travels, where he often uses new places and foreign landmarks as backgrounds for his cut-out sketches.

“I always used to sketch ladies and dress them with interesting patterns and cityscapes,” Al-Bluwi explained to The Creators Project. “When I decide on locations, I try to play with contradictions. A busy background or a chaotic landscape versus the simple sketch. In fact, my eyes are always observing my surroundings, and I try to spot interesting textures to add them against my sketches. It gets really fun when I’m traveling, as I can take photos of sketches while exploring new cities.”

The interactive nature of the project, alongside the juxtaposition of often chaotic manmade landscapes with the stark simplicity of the drawings, makes for a compelling series that ultimately leaves the sartorial inclinations of the women in the sketches up to the artist. Click through to check out more photos of Al-Bluwi’s work.