We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.
Monday, 13 February 2012
I live in Kenya and have always been fascinated by all things African, the colours, the people, the magnificent landscapes and skies, the wildlife, smells and above all hte fabrics and embellishments.
My quilt is inspired by the 'Tcherot' or talisman boxes worn by the Tuareg people. These are made from leather or metal and contain verses of the Koran. The Kasena people of Western Ghana also wear clothing covered in leather talismans.
The talismans are worn for protectin against evil and dangers while travelling, during combat and during everyday life. The boxes are commonly decorated with Tuareg crosses which represent the four corners of the world and the hand or Khamsawhich represents the 5 principles of Islam.
I have used bark cloth, vegetable dyed fabrics, hand stamped fabrics and have machine quilted using metallic, cotton and rayon threads. The embellishments are from my collection.
My quilt will protect me on this exciting Voyage.