Bolaji Akinsulie

Master of Surface Pattern and Textiles

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‘This project started with the study of traditional methods of making and printing textiles from West Africa, I have challenged the historical cycle of adoption and creation of African identities in textile design. I undertook the analysis and creation of pre-colonial influences, particularly focusing on the Yoruba tribe and region in West Africa.

My creative process combines a personal approach with the tradition of making motifs inspired by everyday events.  I have also been influenced by the West African complex use of colour and styles of repeat.  I created a wide range of mix-and-match print designs to be used for apparel within the fashion industry.

I hope that viewers may be more accurately aware of the difference between traditional ways to make West African pattern, as opposed to pretenders that appropriated and altered pattern, which then impacted upon West African culture.’