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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.
Floral motifs were the most popular, with herbs and vegetables forming intricate blooms.
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.
The Upstate New Yorker’s prominent motifs include crystal-like patterns and sprays of rounded, tapered shapes that resemble both leaves and water drops.
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.
We must have motif first, then technique to adapt and adjust expression and to develop facility in the active agents.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
With this (class c) form of the story we frequently find combined what is known as The False Claimant ‘motif.’
The bird motif occurs in the decoration of metallic objects in the British Islands during the early centuries in this era.
ARCHAIC ENGLANDHAROLD BAYLEY
It is not repoussé, but is cut in openwork of intricate pattern in which the Swastika is the principal motif.
THE SWASTIKATHOMAS 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-GOVERNORGUY WETMORE CARRYL

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