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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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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’ve been taking part in The 100 Day Project this year.

#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’ve been following and enjoying the social media hashtag for a few years without taking part but, with the project launch coinciding with the a worldwide pandemic and lockdown(!), I dusted off my pencils, felt tips and water colours 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?


Sweet Sherbet

This picture was the inspiration behind my Sherbet Dusted drop earrings.

I love bold colour and clashes but the combination of pastels got me thinking..

I played with several texture ideas on a pearl polymer clay base, before brushing the clay with mica powders.

Once the focal pieces were complete, I paired with glass beads and silver wire.

Each pair of earrings is finished with hand-shaped, hyper allergenic stainless steel ear wires.

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What are your favourite pastel colours?