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Femke Freeman

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 2019 / 20

African Textiles Collage. African fabric on canvas

'Deconstructed Canvas' Coloured yarn, spray paint on canvas

Colour, pattern, and textiles have always been a keen interest of mine, and a true love. I have always loved bold colour palettes, the textures and patters has always inspired me. This body of work focuses on some of these elements.The inspiration for this comes from many visits to African markets, witnessing the bold, vibrant mixture of colours and patterns seen in all the fabrics. I decided to research more into these unique patterns, finding out the meanings, the colour symbolism, and how they have developed over time.  From this, I focused on different types of fabrics such as:  Kikoy fabric, Wax print, Kente cloth, batik, shweshwe and Maasai Fabric. These are a few of my personal favourites. My favourite market is the Maasai Market, this always has been so inspirational for me, the atmosphere and all the patterns, textures, colours you can see and touch. I decided to create a range of work, using different mediums, focusing on acrylic paint. In some of my works I also incorporated some fabric elements. Overall I decided to keep the style painterly. Each painting I created is inspired by one specific cloth, and takes inspiration from it’s pattern. The final pieces remind you of the large stacks of intricate patterned fabrics that shock you with the boldness and intensity of colour.

'Indigo' Fabric, denim, high flow acrylic paint on canvas

 

'Colour and Shape' Acrylic paint on canvas

'Patterns Combined' Acrylic paint, acrylic ink on canvases

'Colour overload' Acrylic paint on canvas with dyed fabric

Patterned Embroidery. Hand embroidery thread on cotton

'Kikoy’s' Acrylic paint on canvas

African Textiles Collage. African fabric on canvas

'Deconstructed Canvas' Coloured yarn, spray paint on canvas

Colour, pattern, and textiles have always been a keen interest of mine, and a true love. I have always loved bold colour palettes, the textures and patters has always inspired me. This body of work focuses on some of these elements.The inspiration for this comes from many visits to African markets, witnessing the bold, vibrant mixture of colours and patterns seen in all the fabrics. I decided to research more into these unique patterns, finding out the meanings, the colour symbolism, and how they have developed over time.  From this, I focused on different types of fabrics such as:  Kikoy fabric, Wax print, Kente cloth, batik, shweshwe and Maasai Fabric. These are a few of my personal favourites. My favourite market is the Maasai Market, this always has been so inspirational for me, the atmosphere and all the patterns, textures, colours you can see and touch. I decided to create a range of work, using different mediums, focusing on acrylic paint. In some of my works I also incorporated some fabric elements. Overall I decided to keep the style painterly. Each painting I created is inspired by one specific cloth, and takes inspiration from it’s pattern. The final pieces remind you of the large stacks of intricate patterned fabrics that shock you with the boldness and intensity of colour.

'Indigo' Fabric, denim, high flow acrylic paint on canvas

 

'Colour and Shape' Acrylic paint on canvas

'Patterns Combined' Acrylic paint, acrylic ink on canvases

'Colour overload' Acrylic paint on canvas with dyed fabric

Patterned Embroidery. Hand embroidery thread on cotton

'Kikoy’s' Acrylic paint on canvas