Thursday, January 16, 2014

#Beadwork and the Art of Independence

South Africa stories woven with creativity as traditions become high art

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington

  • Guardian Weekly
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Detail from Cherry Tree, one of the pieces in the Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Photograph: Susana Raab/Anacostia Community Museum
The Anacostia Community Museum's exhibition Ubuhle Women: #Beadwork and the Art of Independence recognises the powerful cultural currents and backstories from the artists as central to their every stitch. The 31-piece exhibition of bead art – what the artists call ndwango, which means cloth or rag – features religious, metaphysical and earthbound themes rendered both literally and through various stages of abstraction. The tiny glass beads densely hand-sewn on to black fabric canvases showcase both #Xhosa and #Zulu traditions. And they display a partnership that began in 1999 on a former sugar plantation north of Durban and that now includes the five featured artists, who live and work together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and others.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Remember To Breathe

My mom taught me how to tie my laces. I've haven't looked back since. 

Wishing you the very best for a blessed and happy new year. 
With Love,

Close your eyes and see
Fields that chase the breeze
Your eyes up to the trees
Have your ever seen 
The sun jumping into a stream
It’s really something to see