The costume designers for the Lord of the Rings movies created clothing and armor which had great designs, not only on the outside, where the film would capture them, but also on the inside, where only the actors would know about them.
Motifs were developed for races and nations, for various stations of life within a country. Symbols and runes were repeated on armor, weapons, even saddles and bridles for the horses. Though audiences never noticed the details (unless you watched the specials on the extended DVD version,) we benefitted from them because the actors were affected.
Bernard Hill, who played King Théoden, said his costume made him feel more like a king when he put it on. Those secret stitchings, carvings and embossings thrilled the actors, contributed to their characters and elevated their performances.
I understand his reaction. When I take time to notice the artistry in apple blossoms, or the wonder of a bee’s wing, I am amazed at God’s creativity, and astounded at His extreme generosity in regard to beauty. There is so much to be in awe of, all around us.
Beauty Challenge: Find some hidden design details in the everyday beauty of your world.