There’s an exhibition on at Birmingham Art Gallery which I have visited on several occasions, and although it’s not huge it’s been an education for me in African textiles .These are specifically from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and there are beautiful and eccentric examples of woven, printed, embroidered and dyed cloth on show. The use of pattern and the subjects chosen for the patterns really interested me, so here are a few images.
I love the way these long lengths of fabric are displayed in the gallery.
In the distant showcases are finely woven fabrics and garments, subtle and beautiful. The metallic costume at the end is more bling than subtle.
The eyes are slightly terrifying, but I love the fact the birds are escaping.
The pale cloth is the fabric as it looks before being indigo dyed. It’s painted and printed with a resist of cassava flour paste, and as a friend and I agreed, is beautiful as it is.
I like the cd and laptop design a lot. The more brightly coloured scissors print is Chinese; apparently designs are frequently stolen and printed in an inferior way.
I like to see fresh work like these prints, especially, to remind me to introduce some new elements into my work. I’ve used images of our [old] tv in one piece of work in the past, and may introduce some more technology references after seeing those laptops.
Off to actually watch the tv now, the Olympics call.