Regarding our first MA brief we've been given 3 different shapes:
Circle, Square and a triangle but only one each person in our course. I don't have to question which one was mine ;)
However, the aim was to experiement in all various fields, areas and technwiues with this given shape.
The most important part was to look into potential historical connection or relationships. This is how I came across the "aztec style" and because it was a massive fashion trend in summer 2012.
My own illustrated pattern