‘This project started with the study of traditional methods of making and printing textiles from West Africa, I have challenged the historical cycle of adoption and creation of African identities in textile design. I undertook the analysis and creation of pre-colonial influences, particularly focusing on the Yoruba tribe and region in West Africa.
My creative process combines a personal approach with the tradition of making motifs inspired by everyday events. I have also been influenced by the West African complex use of colour and styles of repeat. I created a wide range of mix-and-match print designs to be used for apparel within the fashion industry.
I hope that viewers may be more accurately aware of the difference between traditional ways to make West African pattern, as opposed to pretenders that appropriated and altered pattern, which then impacted upon West African culture.’
Combining the feminine personality, Covid 19 with sensational colours. Taking into account current events is part of African pattern design.
This design is a creation of African design Adire but substituted in an unusual colour selection on a fabric of considerable scale.
African Tankor is a style combination of motifs presented as a repeat.
Wave spiral is made from repeated objects and continuous wavy curves. The use of spiders and waves is notable in African textile design.
African thrill is a pattern created from a story and inspired by a mask. The African mask is part of the masquerading apparel. My aim is to create a design with a contemporary feel, yet reminiscent of West Africa.
A mix of motifs and underlaid pattern to create a floating, moving pattern structure.
This was a memorable pattern in my design journey, it is celebrating the continuing inspiration and unfailing vision I see in Fashion Design. It is inspired by flamboyant designs created by the indigene of Sierra Leone.