The journey continues 2015

The Journey continues..............

Our experiences as a group over the last three years has helped develop and inform our direction of travel as a group. The Voyage Exhibitions this year in London in April for the 2012 pieces and in Beaujolais in April for the 2013 series were well received.

We go forward as a group into our fourth year with the challenges of working our pieces in series at A2 size. The working theme for this year is 'Nature Abstracted'; we will be producing one piece of work every three months, four in total over the year.

As an added challenge this year a number of the group are preparing additional work for a group exhibit at the Taiwan International Show in 2016.

Our work from 2013 was exhibited at the ICHF Show in March at the NEC Birmingham and our 2014 work is travelling to Minnesota in the USA as a special exhibit.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Raffia cloth

Piece no. 2 from me.  Raffia is my cloth this time.  Once again I'm in The Congo - but in the Kuba or Kasia region - towards the south of the country. There are a number of different types of kuba cloth.  Embriodered, Applique and 'velvet' or cut pile.  They are all made from raffia cloth.  Raffia cloth is difficult to weave and as raffia fibre cannot be plied a woven piece of raffia can only be as large and the longest length of raffia fibre.  The cut-pile cloth is the hardest to make and now the hardest to find as a new cloth. 

I have combined two types of kuba cloth here - embroidered and velvet, featuring a small piece of velvet on a background of 'embroidered' cloth. To imitate the embroidery I have stitched rayon yarn onto  the tea- dyed background.  (Best thing to do with tea in my opinion!!) 

Plain Raffia cloth was once used a currency.  3 m long embroidered and appliqu├ęd Kuba cloths are used as dance skirts in ceremonies. 




2 comments:

  1. This makes a very striking piece, the contrast between the simpler background and the raised more complex inset rectangle is excellent.Never heard of raffia cloth before, so it's good to learn new things! Elaine.

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  2. Elaine - if you google Kuba cloth - you'll get lots of images that will give you more of a feel for it.

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