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Slow(er) Making..

When I was new to making, I would start with a large quantity of polymer clay and produce several pieces at the same time, enjoying the fact that finished pieces in the same style from the exact same clay mix, were nevertheless unique.

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Now I work differently in smaller quantities with more time to refine a piece, and more focus on the individual character of a disc, tile or pendant necklace.. if I manage to make two at the same time, it’s a happy coincidence!

To me, that makes each creation a little more precious..  more treasured. I’m happy when a piece sells and also sad to see it go, knowing the next will be different. 

These are some favourites that have gone to new homes but have not been forgotten:

Check out the gallery for more of my favourites. Each piece is individually remarkable.

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Tee Batik: Head of the Family

As part of #The100dayproject this year, I turned my fascination with Indonisian batiks and Dutch wax fabrics into a theme for daily inspiration.

100DayProject Sketchbook 2020
Pages from my 100 Day Project Sketchbook, 2020

The geometric shapes in this fabric resemble a person embracing others. The story goes that it stands for the head of family embracing a baby in the arm, with siblings at the feet.

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Choose a link to find out more about the motifs I focused on as part of the project.

Tee Batik: Speed Bird

As part of #The100dayproject this year, I turned my fascination with Indonisian batiks and Dutch wax fabrics into a theme for daily inspiration.

100DayProject Sketchbook 2020
Pages from my 100 Day Project Sketchbook, 2020

One motif with many meanings including change, prosperity and freedom.

In Ghana; ‘..rich today, poor tomorrow’, the transience of riches. In Togo; ‘Air Afrique’. The fabric was used in the uniform of a local airline company. In the Ebo region of Angola it is called Eneke, for ‘… if the hunters learn to shoot without missing, they have learned to fly without perching.’

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Choose a link to find out more about the motifs I focused on as part of the project.

Tee Batik: Congres

As part of #The100dayproject this year, I turned my fascination with Indonisian batiks and Dutch wax fabrics into a theme for daily inspiration.

100DayProject Sketchbook 2020
Pages from my 100 Day Project Sketchbook, 2020

The Congres motif is popular in Ivory Coast and worn yearly during the meeting of the Lome Houngni women, in Togo.

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Tee Batik: Nkruma Pencil

As part of #The100dayproject this year, I turned my fascination with Indonisian batiks and Dutch wax fabrics into a theme for daily inspiration.

100DayProject Sketchbook 2020
Pages from my 100 Day Project Sketchbook, 2020

Nkruma Pencil

The Nkruma Pencil was named after Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, known for making strong comments and speeches. His pencil, used to write speeches, sign deportation orders as a method of control was considered sharp, mightier than the sword and a weapon to his political opponents.

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Choose a link to find out more about the motifs I focused on as part of the project.

100 Days of Tee Batik

I took part in the The 100 Day Project tin 2020.

#The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity on a theme of their choice.

I had been following and enjoying the social media hashtag for a years without taking part but with the 2020 project launch coinciding with the early stages of a worldwide pandemic and lockdown(!), I dusted off my pencils, felt tips and watercolours to join in!

My Project

I have been fascinated with the colours and shapes featured in Indonisian batiks and Dutch Wax fabrics for as long as I can remember, so choose this as my theme for daily inspiration.

Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi on Unsplash

Dutch Wax

Dutch wax is unique in the sense that each design is created (originally in the Netherlands but now across the world), imported, and then bought to more vivid life by African traders and consumers.

The designs are given compelling names, meanings and background stories. The fabric when worn, becomes a clear message or confirmation of status to those who view the wearer.

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Choose a link to find out more about the motifs I focused on as part of the project.


What are your fabric batik motifs?