By Ginette, Aug 1 2016 08:01PM
A while ago I worked on a poster and social media campaign to promote a charity bike ride for Plan. I created these African inspired patterns with a cycling theme which was really fun to reseach and create. The brightly coloured kanga is from East Africa, and often made into beautifully tailored outfits, the wax resist dyed fabric came from Indonesia orginally but became very popular in Africa, and the geometric mudcloth is hand dyed in West Africa.
Several years ago I went on an amazing trip to Tanzania and Kenya, I saw markets full of the bright kanga fabric with bold patterns. I went on safari in Kenya, the warthogs by the side of the roads were my favourite animals to spot. I stopped off at Kenana a wonderful knitting workshop near Nakuru. I also went to Zanzibar and had a feast at the night market in Stone Town, highly recommended! While I was in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania I had the chance to volunteer my screenprinting skills. Firstly at Mabinti Training Centre, which teaches women screenprinting and sewing skills (in a room full of glorious old Singer sewing machines) so they can start their own business. I knew about three words of Swahili so teaching printmaking involved a lot of hand gestures! Then at Wonder Workshop, who employ disabled people to make art and homewares out of recycled materials, including welded metal sculptures, recycled glass jewellery and screenprinting on recycled paper. I designed some Christmas cards and wrapping paper and had the best time printing them with the paper ladies. Needless to say, I came home with my suitcase full of brilliant handmade things!