Not Just Him, 2014
Dimensions: 28″W x 36.5″ L
Materials: artist dyed fabric, discharged fabric, machine quilting, machine quilt drawing and beading embellishment
I made this piece thinking about Nelson Mandela, and how many people demonstrated for a free South Africa. I wanted to consider the people who did political and revolutionary work at great personal cost with no recognition. I wanted to remember standing in the cold with a candle, feeling like the world could change.
Not Just Him, detail. The faces are a discharged adinkra stamp of the symbol Nyame biribi wo soro, which means “God is in the Heavens.” I like to use it as a base for faces. Each face in the piece is sew-drawn over the stamp. I draw with the sewing machine. This isn’t drawing and then sewing over the drawing! I draw with the machine.
Not just Him detail.
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