Friday 28 July 18:00 – 20:00
I’m delivering another CIAD, Costume Institute of the African Diaspora Exchange talk about my Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to Nigeria, where I studied indigo dyeing techniques amongst Yorùbá artisans. Àdírẹ is the Yorùbá word for the resist dyed cloth made in Yorùbá towns in Nigeria. The cloth functions both as an aesthetic expression and a means of communication, offering a deep insight into Yorùbá religion, culture, folklore, and history. The talk includes short videos, photography, and music.
The event will be held at London College of Fashion, Rootstein Hopkins Space, 20 John Prince’s St, London W1G 0BJ. 5 mins walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station. Tickets are only £3 to cover refreshments but booking is essential.
18 August 2017 19:00 – 20:00
Wales has a much-celebrated tradition of creating both utilitarian and decorative textiles of distinctive design. From power-loomed blankets to hand-stitched quilts, textiles are a key part of Welsh visual culture and history. A new exhibition A Darker Thread at the Oriel Myrddin Gallery brings together a number of artists exploring broad-ranging themes of empowerment, loss, language, internal landscapes, memory and gender to name but a few. I’ll be delivering the Yoruba Blues talk responding to the exhibition themes of language and loss.
The exhibition runs from 15 July until 21 October 2017. My talk will be on Friday 18 August 2017 from 19:00 – 20:00, followed by an indigo dyeing workshop on Saturday 19 August from 10:30 -16:00. The talk is free but to book a place on the workshop please contact the gallery direct. More details here
Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Church Lane, Carmarthen Wales. 01267 222775