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Dorothy Draper, the mother of American interior design, was a master at mixing patterns, with her liberal use of motifs and colors.How to incorporate 7 popular patterns in your home, according to experts|Marissa Hermanson|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Floral motifs were the most popular, with herbs and vegetables forming intricate blooms.These 10 food trends were the distractions we needed in 2020|Emily Heil|December 24, 2020|Washington Post
Naturally, this development is impacting advertising and one upshot is that brands are paying greater attention to the suites of sounds, voices and motifs that define how consumers “hear” the brand.Deep Dive: How the coronavirus crisis accelerated the already cresting CTV sea change|Jessica Rapp|December 21, 2020|Digiday
The Upstate New Yorker’s prominent motifs include crystal-like patterns and sprays of rounded, tapered shapes that resemble both leaves and water drops.In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints|Mark Jenkins|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
Wednesday’s event took place in front of a Richmond elementary school that McAuliffe used as a motif to discuss his plans to boost the state’s education system and address inequities in schools.Terry McAuliffe running for Va. governor for second time|Parker Purifoy|December 9, 2020|Washington Blade
The steady, entrancing rhythms are a well-established motif in dramatizations of the American war in Vietnam.
After several weeks of shock and mourning, Hartley began a series of paintings known as the War Motif paintings.
My understanding is that this artwork came first and was soon replaced with the “Sambo as a baby genie” motif.Pancakes and Pickaninnies: The Saga of ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved|Andrew Romano|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This motif has been a classic of anti-modernism for two centuries in Europe.
Soth relates the garages to a repeating cube motif in the series.Photographer Alec Soth Shows a Different Side of Silicon Valley|Ann Binlot|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We must have motif first, then technique to adapt and adjust expression and to develop facility in the active agents.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
With this (class c) form of the story we frequently find combined what is known as The False Claimant ‘motif.’The Three Days' Tournament|Jessie L. Weston
The bird motif occurs in the decoration of metallic objects in the British Islands during the early centuries in this era.Archaic England|Harold Bayley
It is not repoussé, but is cut in openwork of intricate pattern in which the Swastika is the principal motif.The Swastika|Thomas Wilson
It seemed illogical, and evaded him, like a melody with a dimly familiar motif which he was unable to place or even fully recall.The Lieutenant-Governor|Guy Wetmore Carryl
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Cultural definitions for motif
In literature, art, or music, a recurring set of words, shapes, colors, or notes. In the poem “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe, for example, the word nevermore is a motif appearing at the end of each stanza. Likewise, the first four notes of the Fifth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven are a motif that is developed and reshaped throughout the work.