I love creating bold, colorful surface patterns that combine traditional textile design with the bright colors you would find in a Harlem fabric shop! Each pattern was originally block printed using handmade adinkra stamps (like the ones you will find on my hand-painted purses), then brought to life as a digital illustration!
As a math educator, I am always finding conceptual ways to celebrate the genius of African fractal design patterns. Below you will find my latest designs, celebrating geometric reflections, concentric circles, parallel lines, and of course, adinkra symbols!
African Reflection - This collection of prints celebrates the majestic existence of Africa and the Diaspora. Going forward and backward, these Africas are surrounded by vibrating concentric circles.
Denkyem - This new bold pattern was created using traditional West African Adinkra symbols Denkyem (crocodile) and Adinkrahene (concentric circles). The original block print was digitalized to give you these astonishingly cool print. The Denkyem symbol represents changes and adaptibility, while Adinkrahene is the chief of the Adinkra symbols, representing leadership and chiefdom.
I HEART SANKOFA - A favorite among the Adinkra symbols, Sankofa represents the importance of the past. It literally means "Go back and fetch it", learn from the past to build on to the future. While it is shaped like a heart, the symbol represents two conjoined Sankofa birds, African mythical features that have the power to travel throughout the past, present, and future.
UNITY IS STRENGTH - This print was conceptualized using both bogolanfini mudcloth from Mali and block printing from Ghana. The patterns fuse together two cultures and textile methods to create a digital masterpiece. The adinkra symbol used is Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu, "Siamese crocodiles" which are a symbol of democracy and unity. The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This popular symbol is a remind that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.