Art & Design
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
Traveling with a sewing machine and a tool box of art supplies and paints. Extension cord from the house to sew outside. Planning a “taller” pronounced “tie-yare,” or independent enterprise in an undeveloped pueblo. Climbing in the mountains, getting floral dressed, walking in a dry river bed.
Dying cloth with coffees and teas and traveling one hour by bus to get dyes and bolts of fabric. Getting a large car size amount of fabric delivered from a distributor in the city to make a large amount clothes.
Having dying parties with made up garments then hand painting them. Memorizing songs, dancing with bells around the ankles (a musician).
The “art house.” Dying textiles on the balcony, making up braided hats, making up hand dyed clothes with a seamstress, then photographing people dressed in the clothing, and reserving sets around town. Making drawings, large photo prints, postcards, which culminate in the full moon bazaar or events in tune with the full moon. Printing on the postcards the upcoming dates of the full moon. Collecting instruments, hiring models, drawing mostly self-portraits, a dress rack of clothes, shopping for fabrics in old jobbers, back drops and an obsession for color photography, making homemade lip balms while maintaining a corporate job in the stock market. Walking to work to stay in shape and playing castanet rhythms on the way. Studying flamenco.
Off to school of Art and Design. A collection of research photos. A taste for photos with white borders. Sketch books. Silk screen fabric prints for garments, silk screen paper prints for art. Silk screen fabric prints for art too. Embellishment. Fashion illustrations. Making up garments, taking pictures. Small mini drawings, making printed boxes to put things in, making shoes, making boots, printing techniques, visiting silks in the fabric district. Collecting sole prints and deconstructing them into new combined textile patterns.
A pedestal to draw still life’s or a variety of daily objects. A stage to draw costumed models. A stage for prosperous zeros. Collecting and sampling the entire environment in drawings. Nibs for the garden paintings. A drawing board and horse in the house for portraiture. The home office with 5 stations.