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.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Elephant Story.

This time I looked to my fabrics for inspiration. I wanted to use the bark cloth from Kenya and remembered the Elephant Story form Zimbabwe.

When God first made elephants their favouite food was butterflies. They ate huge numbers. God didn't want all the butterflies to be eaten so he told tthe elephants that he would make a tree with leaves like butterflies which would taste delicious. The Mopane Tree has been the elephants favouite food ever since, and there are hundreds of butterflies in Southern Africa.
Alison Farmer


  1. I love your quilt, Alison, and what a lovely story too. I just love the African stories and have got quite a few volumes of them but this one was new to me. I do know that the Mopane trees attract worms, called "mopaniewurms, in Afrikaans and I even ate some of them long long ago.

  2. Well done Alison. Yes, a lovely story - I hadn't heard it before either. The Ele's look great using the batik fabric - gives them some life somehow! BTW - I dyed some Barkcloth with Indigo - works great - come up black!