This design consists of a drawing of animals from Africa. It was done with a rotring pen. I chose a selection of animals with spots, stripes and dappled markings. There are many more animalswith lovely markings on all the continents. You can look at the 80 or more products the design is printed on by going to
markings are a characteristic of camouflage in some wild animals. In
the domesticated Nguni cattle the markings of different kinds are highly prized.
I love the pattern on animals, from the wild dog to the swarming locust. I think I feel the same as a poet we learned of in school, Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit priest who lived and died in the nineteenth century. The beauty of animal markings reminds me of his poem:
Glory be to God for dappled things -
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced - fold, fallow and plough
And all trades, their gear, tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
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Check out our selection of ecological designs printed on T-shirts, accessories and decor items. The designs are about soil regeneration, indigenous Cape wild flowers, wild African animals and other fauna, as well as bible quotes and geometric patterns.
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