Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries

First Advisor

Dr Christopher Crouch


In this thesis, I will examine pattern making in art practice from two cultural perceptions, Slavic and Australian. Existing differences between the two cultural backgrounds will be used to debate how pattern is understood by the viewer or practiced by an artist in a particular chosen environment. The central argument focuses on pattern as a decorator and/or a narrator. I will examine the outcomes and changes in narrative pattern according to cultural context and exchange. By introducing Slavic pattern into contemporary (Australian) art practice, I examine how traditional cultural values and functions change. In discussing the processes of changes that occur in intercultural exchange, I will draw my opinions and observations from writers, critics and artists such as William Morris, Lucien Henry, Stuart Hall, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Grace Cohrane, Nicolas Pevsner, Faith Ringgold, Joan Snyder, Miriam Schapiro and Cynthia Carlson. My final conclusion will be drawn from my personal visual practice that uses pattern