Navigating the Map
I’m honoured and humbled at the impact this map has had, and how it has evoked a range of strong opinions. This map was born during lockdown. It was created as a mood board to inspire my next collection based on my love of African textiles and patterns. It took time to evolve, and I was constantly editing images until it was aesthetically pleasing and showed a range of fabrics. The map is a visual representation of the richness and beauty of African fabrics. It is an artistic reflection. Art sees no political boundaries, cast, religion or gender. Art in its truest form speaks across all barriers and lines. The map’s aim is to spread positivity and joy.
My dearest hope, as an African, is that this map raises worldwide appreciation and acknowledgment of African textiles and its high standing in influencing fashion and art.