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Library Matters: African inspiration for Mother of Africa quilt

Library Matters will be showcasing a wealth of African-related material to generate ideas and creativity for level 4 Textiles students producing quilt squares for the Mothers of Africa project with Maggie Cullinane.

If you can’t wait that long, then read below and drop into the library now to find further sources of inspiration.

A selection of books

Books for inspiration and ideas

Books for inspiration and ideas

From top left to bottom right . . .

  1. The essential art of African textiles
  2. African textiles today
  3. Pictorial archive of geometric designs
  4. Africa remix
  5. African textile patterns
  6. African inspirations in embroidery
  7. Layered, tattered and stitched
  8. Making Welsh quilts

You can find more by searching on Summon.

Browse for books

Use the suggested shelf mark numbers to browse for books in the library

Subject Shelf number
African art 709.6
African textiles 746.096
Quilting 746.46
Embroidery 746.44
Patterns 745.4
Dyeing 746.6

Look at the list of shelf mark numbers in the subject guide for Textiles to browse for more books.  And use Summon too. If you are not sure how to search, then speak to our friendly library staff.

Journals

Visit T222 from 26th November for a selection of colourful and visual journals.

Recommended library resources (from Databases A-Z)

WGSN: for contemporary imagery and insight into African fashion, designs and prints.

Bridgeman Education: lots of pictures, photographs of African art, textiles, dress, costume

Berg Fashion Library: a good section covering the history, culture and societal aspect of African dress and textiles

Useful websites

Use the web for ideas and inspiration: here are a couple of suggestions:

The Textiles Collection from University of Creative Arts at Farmham

Victoria & Albert Museum: a good source of information about African art & textiles

University of Colorado Boulder: finding African images on the web

Social media

Try social media sites like Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.  Be aware of copyright – for most of these images, you can copy and use for your own private study and education, but don’t copy or share for commercial/business purposes.

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Controversy

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Visit the 2nd floor of zone 3 (the journals area) in the library to see the current display of materials selected on the topic of the Level 4 Constellation assignment ‘Controversy’. They will be there until Friday 14th November.

 

 

 

 

 

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