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Creating Textile Books
Mixed Media Fiber Art:
For the past two months I've been working on new mixed media textile books. Working with textiles from Africa has pushed and pulled my artistic practice in ways I never imagined.
Created entirely of African textiles I received from the National Museum of African Art and American textiles from my grandma's stash, I've been combining them to make stories inspired by current events I'm reading in the newspaper, National Geographic, and in books.
It took me a few weeks to identify which country the textiles came from and what occasions they were worn.
I decided to keep each fabric separate and use its color as the main inspiration for the imagery. Some textiles were from men's clothing and some were from women's.
I have completed two, Smog and O'Positive, which are now in the collection of the National Museum of African Art.
Vintage Velvet, Embroidery & Silkscreens
This week's book See Us is about bringing to light that which has been in the dark. See Us, is also the title of the main poem in the book. I silkscreened the poem on the textile page. When the text was dry, I hand embroidered glass beads to the page.
To further the motif of "see us" I printed many of the images with a pale ink on the dark velvet. This created haunting, ghost-like imagery.
The finished book: The poetic interweaving of rare African textiles, modern fibers, original imagery, and poetry.