Quilt Surface Design Challenge 2019 “The Spirit of Africa”

African cloth, beads, shells, buttons and embroidery floss, 12" x 12" each

All humanity came from Africa. These pieces celebrate “Africa” in our blood- Dream, Creation, Dance, and Home. West and southern African goods came from Botswana or the Columbus, Ohio African communities. The cowries are ancient trade goods, and the Ashanti goddess is an ancient and current symbol of fertility. Spirals , safety pins and hand embroidery are tributes to the traditional hand work in African clothing and art, as is the asymmetry.