16 October 2012

ouidah outdoors and indoors

Back Camerayou’ve started dipping your feet in the water.

Back Camerayou won’t go further than this – the undertow is just too strong.

Back Cameraand those waves? relentless.

Back Camerayour favorite beach moment is when the waves nearly make contact with the clouds. visually, at least.

Back Cameraouidah is a tiring city. loud. polluted. crowded. vibrant. busy. not that you dislike it – far from it – but the beach helps balance it out with other things you need: space. remoteness. quietness. trees.

and when you aren’t going to the beach for a break, you’re heading inside your house.

tsewing01to your sewing machine.  not the same one that you left in mali, but a similar one. one that works just as well.

tsewing02fabric has been collecting around in your house.

tsewing03and apologies in advance if this turns into a sewing journal – you can’t help it, you only write about things that happen to interest and inspire you at the moment.

tsewing04for this particular moment of your life, it is west african fabric.

tsewing05which technically isn’t west african at all, but then is at the same time because of how well it has been culturally adopted.

tsewing09a scalloped hat has already been made to keep the face hidden from the sun.

tsewing06a practice basket weave inset has been created as well with scrap fabric.

tsewing07what will this eventually become?

tsewing08ideas crowd into your head – too many, in fact. so you release them onto paper where later you’ll refer back to when planning your next thing to make.


Kelly Rae said...

adoring the fabric :-) Love the basketweave inset, too.

donna said...

bProtinmy favorites too ....the beach and sewing......as an ocean person i could just SEE the turbulence in the water.....our beaches can have terrible rip tides.....and they can be beyond dangerous....i also love the basketweave.....

donna said...

ok ...how did the code word to post get in my message? .......lol