The Latvian geometric design tradition is cherished in the national consciousness,both as a language of symbols and as a way of maintaining identity in a foreign land.

 The 13th century saw Latvian culture influenced by the Baltic Germans and in the 18th century by Imperial Russia.  During these times the spiritual and matriarchal culture continues, passed from one generation to the next.  The Latvians lived in harmony with their surroundings.  Homespun fabrics and dyes harvested from nature were used. Craft skills were highly valued and work well done was greatly respected.

 The artists that I researched came from similar backgrounds that of growing up in two cultures.  Vera Zulumovska is an artist with a Polish background. She writes:-

 "as a child the one prominent feature had been that I was a stranger in an even stranger land where my sense of identity changed as quickly as a walk from school to home".

Imants Tillers work expresses ideas of fragmentation and loss.

Through the process of carrying out this project I have gained an interest in pattern and design,especially ethnic designs and how they relate to feeling of "self".  How designs become symbols of cultural cohesion in times of turmoil.  How designs express culturalbeliefs and how they become patterns woven into the history of a culture.