FREVO & CAPOEIRA \ Personal Project
Art Direction & Design: Camila Murari
A couple years ago, I designed two prints for a Brazilian contest. The print contest theme was "Brazil, a mosaic of culture", and intended to expose the aspects of Brazilian culture and tradition in the form of design. It was a challenging task, but I was excited to take part in the contest and showcase my skills as a designer. I came up with two print designs inspired by Frevo and Capoeira.
Frevo is a lively and energetic dance originating from Recife, Brazil, characterized by frenetic movements, fast-paced music, and colorful and eye-catching costumes. It was developed in the late 19th century by working-class people as a way to celebrate carnival and express their cultural identity. Frevo is known for its distinctive accessory, the "sombrinha," a little colorful umbrella held by dancers, adding a playful and joyful element to the performance.
The print brings to the surface all this Brazilian essence. The geometry and color palette refer to the moving panels of the little umbrellas.
The second print I designed was inspired on Capoeira. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, music, and acrobatics. It was developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil during the colonial period as a form of self-defense and cultural expression. Today, capoeira is practiced around the world and is recognized as an important cultural tradition in Brazil.
To create the print, I illustrated the capoeira practitioners and the characteristic moves of this martial art. The geometric lines and the repetition of elements emphasize with admiration the movements, skills, and rhythm of these 'capoeiristas'.