On the 8th September the Scotsman and I visited Birmingham to see ‘Forests’ at the Rep Theatre. We also paid a flying visit to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and saw an exhibition called Style Africa – A Journey through the textiles of West Africa..
A room full of fascinating African Textiles, mostly from Ghana, many handprinted. I loved the use of figurative objects to form pattern – see the flying laptops and discs or the strange tree stumps in the photos. Also a form of resist printing using cassava flour paste in the way a batik would use wax – an example of using what you have to hand – to make the beautiful blue cloth with intricate patterning.