chapter  7
22 Pages

Design elements

WithStolte Gretchen M.

Design elements like dots, cross-hatching and iconic Australian fauna are used inside the studio in many ways. Design elements are ways of indicating ’s Indigeneity, as abstractions of the natural world and as quick solutions to the problems of empty space. A design element, in the broadest of terms, is an image, icon or even a particular use of line used in the studio to fill up blank spaces or embellish an object. The content analysis focuses on the representation within the artworks and examines the design elements used by the students involved in the Technical and Further Education programme. Cross-hatching as a design element has become part of the popular expectations of the category ‘Aboriginal art’. A design element, in the broadest of terms, is an image, icon or even a particular use of line used in the studio to fill up blank spaces or embellish an object.