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Fabric Collage and African Wax Cloth
Telling your story through fabric and collage
Wednesdays, November 29 – December 20 (class meets every week for 4 weeks)
led by Makeba KEEBS Rainey with Tijay Mohammed
The motifs used in African wax cloth are meant to tell different stories, illustrating important cultural traditions, historical events, and celebrated individuals. In this class, students will learn about this fiber art tradition, discuss their own local traditions and personal histories, and then design a motif that best reflects who they are and where they come from. This motif will be used to create a one-of-a-kind fabric pattern to incorporate into 2 separate fabric collage self-portraits. Students will be encouraged to bring in fabrics that have personal significance to them to use in the creation of these unique and meaningful portraits. At the end of the series, participants will take home their own gallery-wrapped works of art.
All materials provided.
All levels of experience welcome.
Fabric Collage and African Wax Cloth is taught by Makeba KEEBS Rainey, along with special guest teacher, Ghanaian artist Tijay Mohammed.
Makeba creates digital collage portraits of influential contemporary and historical African American figures by layering African wax patterns over photographs. She is a native of Harlem, New York and is the founder of Black Capital Coalition (BCC), which promotes both visual and performance artists from Harlem through creative collaborations between artists, businesses, and cultural institutions. Makeba now lives in Philadelphia. www.justcallmekeebs.com
Tijay Mohammed was born in Kintampo,Ghana. His work has been exhibited globally including the Longwood Art Gallery, Green Drake Art Gallery, Lincoln Medical Center, The National Museum of Ghana and Ravel D’Art in Cote d’Ivore. www.artoftijay.com