North America

  1. North America, the planet’s 3rd largest continent, includes (23) countries and dozens of possessions and territories. It contains all Caribbean and Central America countries, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, the United States of America, as well as Greenland – the world’s largest island.

The art style within North America varies greatly, supposedly because of the extremely large variety of countries it contains, from hot Mexico to chilly Greenland. In the area of art, Greenland seems to have a very fluent style that relies on natural resources such as rock to create. Textiles within Greenland on the other hand are rather vibrant, containing beautiful hand stitched patterns – the warmer countries within North America also use bright fabrics, though these tend to be in larger blocks, less pattern orientated. The art within the warmer countries is also more colourful and eye catching, the subject often focused around a female.

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There is a wide variety of clothing in North America, not only because of the rapid temperature differences in certain regions but also within the warmer countries. The dress code I find the most interesting is that of  the native indians, the contrast between browns and colours such as red and green really creates the original appearance of an ‘Indian’ using beads, necklaces, chest pieces and many more forms of decorations all make up this unique looks that almost reminds me of the more modern ‘bohemian’ trend. In Mexico for example they have beautiful large skirts that look like blooming flowers, all of these factors provide great art and design inspiration.

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Architecture is possibly the area where North America is rather… contradicting? Not in a bad sense, more contrasting than contradicting. What I mean by this is the wide variety of different buildings that serve different primary purposes, we have igloos who’s purpose is to shield from snow and cold, then on the other end, concrete houses in hot countries such as Mexico who’s purpose is to shelter and shield from the sun – meanwhile there are classic American style houses and barns alongside wooden cabins. The contrast is amazing and reminds me of how there can never be two of the same designs, the wide variety of styles and tastes will always exist and is interesting.

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http://www.house-design-coffee.com/mexican-house-design.html
http://www.dtcarchitects.com/

http://www.designboom.com/architecture/big-architects-national-gallery-of-greenland/
http://www.agefotostock.com/en/Stock-Image

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