Thursday 21 August 2014

September Speaker

A Textile Journey  - Magie Relph

Magie Relph is a quilter, textile artist, teacher and author. Since 1984 she has travelled throughout Africa studying, documenting and buying African textiles. In the 1990s she opened her battered cardboard suitcase of wax prints to her quilt group and her fair trade ‘accidental business' - The African Fabric Shop - was born. As an artist, she combines traditional, pictorial and experimental use of fabrics to create original wall hangings and quilts. Not surprisingly, you'll find African influences and fabrics in many of her pieces.  Her first book - African Wax Print: A Textile Journey - provides a wealth of information and inspiration for textile artists, quilters, embroiderers, spinners, weavers, dyers - indeed anybody who loves and uses textiles.

In her talk “A Textile Journey” she focuses on a fabric that has become a defining metaphor of African design, fashion and expression, Africa Wax Print.  Not to mention quilts made from the fabrics.

The African Fabric Shop will also be available for visitors and members to add to their fabric stashes.

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