Some of my inspiration from Ghana, West Africa is continuing into my art in 2015.
The drawing above that I did last month is influenced by the dress pattern in the photo below. I took the photo on a bus ride from Accra, Ghana to Kumasi on my week long trip to Ghana in 2009. The two photos below show how I have explored the dress pattern over the past couple of years.
The pattern reminds me of the Adinkra symbols created by the Akan people in Ghana. The symbols are loved by many people because of their beauty. I also love the technique Adinkra cloth is made with. An Adinkra symbol design is carved into a calabash gourd and printed onto a cloth. It is closely related to woodcut relief printmaking.
I taught an Adinkra printing class to children at a Kwanzaa celebration at Ashe Cultural Center in New Orleans this week. Below is a photo of me setting up before the workshop.