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, 2 November 2015

Ghanaian Adventure 4 Pat Archibald

I spent time with villagers that specialised in hand-printing Adinkra cloth. This was a technique developed by the Ashanti people to make cloths for royalty. The printing blocks are carved from calabash and each design is highly symbolic. The black ink used for printing is called Adinkra Aduru and is made from the bark and roots of the badie tree which are pulverised in large mortar and pestles and then boiled and strained several times until it is the right consistency for printing.
In this piece a woman is pounding the bark and some of the Adinkra symbols are showcased on the right.

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