Tuesday, April 12, 2011

String Art

In just one short month, I have fallen in love with Nigerian String Art. This combination art form and craftsmanship originated in Nigeria and utilizes silk thread, artistic capabilities, glue and coloring to create work which has vibrant colors and local content.

String art is created by sketching a figure onto canvas, then traced over to accent the details.  It is then glued multiple times. Details and background are hand woven into the canvas with colored silk thread.   The strong colors are created from plants which are cooked for days over a very hot fire.  The colors produced are used to dye the silk thread which makes up the artwork.  String Art can take as long as three to four weeks to create.

And - surprise - I bought one!  See the piece the artist is holding??  It's on the way to being framed very soon!!  I love it!   It's a touch of Nigeria which fits perfectly in our new African home!  

1 comment:

Janet said...

For the benefit of those who have emailed questions about buying some of the string art, I am always happy to help the local economy. Prices for string art vary by the artist and size. The ones we saw today ranged from $50 to $100. (Most people today were buying the 16x20 size, roughly $60) I'll have room in my suitcase headed to Houston, so just send me an email if you want one.