A recent project for the unveiling of 11 Katrina Cottages, installed in the largely impoverished neighborhood of Baptist Town, Greenwood, was partially inspired by two instances-- driving through Cristo’s large-scale “The Umbrellas” installation in the Tejon Pass near Grapevine in California, and driving through the Provence region of France, where I came across a tiny picturesque medieval village, lined with cobblestone walls, narrow winding streets and colorful flag banners strung across the streets in a visceral, intimate and whimsical canopy.
I called my project “Silent Windchimes”, a series of brightly colored fabric remnants, layered and sewn together and then hung to connect the cottages. While the only sound the banners emit is a slight rustling, provided by the recycled plastic bags that are fused and repurposed as new fabric appliques, it conveys a spontaneous feeling of pleasure, calm and connectivity.
Modderrivier - The Little Farmhouse
In my quest to spread the magic of the Silent Windchimes, I have started to parse them out to all parts of the world, where either I am visiting or a friend is living. Here on a very old farm "stoep", a string hangs lazily. Modderrivier, Western Cape, South Africa.
Silent Windchimes flying in Tanzania
A friend of mine works in Tanzania once a year and took a string with him. He sent me this video. People loved sitting and watching the little pieces of fabric blowing in the wind.
Quilted Sling Bags
A feast of fabrics. I can't help myself. These bags are stories and the fabric the paragraphs. They are so alive. All have names and history. It lays in the rich textiles from Tanzania, the shweshwe from South Africa, the deep color and designer graphics from Japan and the incredible vintage finds, sometimes with images transferred onto them, to create a deeper story. The bags become raconteurs themselves.
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Quilted Diaper Bags
QUILTED Diaper bag! Something ANYONE in the family can carry around. Dad, Mom, Auntie, Godfather, Sister, the perfect bag for the non traditional family. Here it is. The front panel with the old fashioned diaper pin is gorgeous fabric from South African designer Nkosi called "Karabo". The front panel with blue is gorgeous fabric from South African designer Nkosi called "Karabo". The two yellow flanks that look like records is what is called shweshwe. South African fabric widely used for traditional Sotho (South Africa & Lesotho) clothing. The straps are knock off shweshwe I found and even though it's knock off, I like the double sided print, reminds me of some Japanese fabric I am hoarding. The sides are perfect rectangular blocks, which makes this diaper bag easy to pack with essentials like diapers, clothes changes and lotions.On this other side I used a shadow puppet image that I transferred onto twill. I love the idea that we are always capable of telling stories in ANYTHING we do, and that creativity is never ending, it can be done with the simplest acts, like shadow puppet theatre. The top and bottom is more shweshwe, the vibrant and electric designs and colors continue the creative narrative. The sides are respectively a vintage John Tenniel Alice in Wonderland rabbit, one of my favorite recurring images I like to use--rabbits, and again I transferred this onto vintage ticking, the other side is an ELE print in pink and brown. The bottom is vintage gingham that I scoured somewhere from an estate sale or junk store, and I LOVE THIS piece of fabric. It's not even cotton, but it is GREAT. It tells stories and has history embedded in the fiber. The color is rich and there's something about this piece that makes you want to design and sew and color. It is so perfect for the base of the bag, solid and mature, what I wish for the parents and child who will be using this bag.
The inside is solid in color to make finding items easy and simple.
My idea and focus on this diaper bag is that it can be for either a boy or a girl. I resist the notion that kids have to be gender colored in clothes and visuals. Also, this is a bag that a dad can wear with great comfort. I like the idea of functionality as well as fabulous design in color and fabric.