Saturday, March 31, 2007

ACASA African Art Symposium at Univ of Florida

The ACASA African Art Symposium at the University of Florida is done. Whew! My head is so jam packed with stuff, I'm overflowing. Talk about intense!

I am so glad that I found out about it with enough time to plan ahead and save up for it. Since it only happens every 3 years, I feel fortunate to have stumbled across the information on the internet.

Most of the sessions and events took place at the Cultural Plaza in either the Harn Museum, the Florida Museum of Natural History, or the Black Box Theatre. There were people attending from all over the world and it was fund to meet and see people whose work I have read and referenced in my school papers. It has also opened up some areas of interest for me as well. More on that later.

In the museum, they currently have a show of contemporary Ethiopian art which is really interesting. They also have an El Anatsui metal textile hanging in their main lobby area. I got to eat breakfast next to it every morning.

Okwui Enwezor gave the keynote address in the University Auditorium, but unfortunately the sound system was awful and I couldn't hear what he said. I'm hoping they'll publish a transcript.

The biggest thing that I'm coming away with is that there is a global community of artists and art historians interested in studying and promoting the art of Africa and its diaspora. The second is that they are all ordinary people just like me.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Nano Pouch

When I got my iPod Nano for Christmas I couldn't find a pouch for it that I liked. So I crocheted one and I'd like to share it.

I used a technique called tapestry crochet. When I get a picture taken of it, I'll post it, but for now you'll have to use your imagination.

I used some scrap silk I had in a purple-maroon and white to create a triangle pattern like that on the web site I liked to above. I used an E crochet hook. Check the size after you've done a few rows to make sure it fits.

Using color A, ch 14.
Row 1: With first color (A) sc in 2nd ch from hook and continue across putting 2 sc in last chain. Round the corner to put and additional 14 sc in the other side putting the last 2 sc in the last ch. 28 sc. Do not join.
Row 2: Add second color (B) by sc around on top of it with the first color (A). Do not join.
Row 3: Using tapestry technique, sc in color A. (Pick up in A and finish in B.) 6 sc in B, 1 sc in A. Continue around to create 4 sections of B.
Row 4: On top of previous row, put 1 A on top of A in previous row, 5 sc in B, 2 sc in A, continue around.
Rows 5-8: Continue reducing number of B sc and increasing A sc by one every row. It will form a triangle pattern.
Row 9: Sc around with A.
Rows 10-28: Repeat rows 3 through 9.
Row 29: Dc around and tie off.

Crochet a drawstring that is 7 to 8 inches long. Thread through dc and tie together. Add a decorative bead if desired.
Crochet a neck string 30 inches long or to desired length. Secure to top sides of pouch below the dc row.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Kwame Nkrumah

"The Independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up to the total liberation of Africa"

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
(6th March,1957)

Happy 50th

I'd like to wish the country of Ghana and all her people a very happy anniversary! Today they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their independence from the United Kingdom.

Achieving their independence in 1957, they were the first in Africa to do that. If you want to learn more, you can go to the official web site Ghana@50.