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"You fly, I fly" on rust fabric by anniedeb on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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By Deborah Astley

My designs are inspired by nature, words, music, personal experiences & memories. Please message me if you have any questions or requests.

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Description:

Original drawing. My entry in the Spoonflower African inspired contest. See details.

One thing about the contests on Spoonflower, I always learn something knew. For instance, many of the designs known as African designs originally began as Indonesian designs. According to Yinka Shonibare, a Nigerian artist, African prints have a "crossbred" culture all their own. Nineteenth century colonization by the Dutch in the West Indies (now Indonesia) brought the designs to West Africa. How? The Dutch "enlisted" West African men to enhance their army in the West Indies. When the men came back home, they brought with them a new technique for fabric design: batik. My design "You fly, I fly" is my own interpretation of an African design which is said to be worn by newlywed wives as a subtle warning to their husbands. I could not find what this design actually looked like but a birdcage and a bird were mentioned so I ran with that information. The rust color is a nod to Mali mudcloth, the indigo featured in this design is a recognition of the Tuareg, also known as the "purple nomads" because of their use of indigo fabric. The act of dying the cloth indigo leaves the skin blue. So, thank you, Spoonflower, I learned a lot while researching this topic. The article that has the information about the Indonesian origins of African design can be found at http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/design/2012/03/african_fabric_where_do_tribal_prints_really_come_from_.html

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anniedeb

anniedeb says: Thank you, Amy. I really appreciate your comments. That "You fly, I fly" just stuck in my brain. Few words, so much meaning. Thank you again for taking a look at the design.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

amy_g

amy_g says: Deborah, the design is fantastic and I love that you posted all that good information regarding African design. Very interesting! Your imagination never ceases to amaze me! Wonderful!

Posted almost 4 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: Thanks so much, Karen. I appreciate your taking a look at this design. Thank you.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

karenha...

karenharveycox says: What a lovely design. Good luck in the contest this week.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: Close up photograph of a swatch of Spoonflower cotton printed with "You fly, I fly." Colors printed well.

anniedeb uploaded a fabric image for anniedeb's design "You fly, I fly" on rust :

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Posted almost 4 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: Thank you for taking a look at the design, Ottomanbrim. I'm happy that you went on to read that Slate article. I learned things I never knew. Thank you for your comments.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

ottoman...

ottomanbrim says: Such a wonderful pattern, I really enjoyed your information and went on to read the full story in your link!

Posted almost 4 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: Thank you so much, Rhonda, for your kind words. After I read the words "you fly, I fly," the wheels started turning. Thank you so much for taking a look at the design.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: Your interpretation of this touchy relationship issue is truly inspired! I love how your design is unique and new while making reference to African traditions, culture and design! Well done, Deborah!

Posted almost 4 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: Thank you for your comments, Su and Emma. I appreciate your taking a look at the design. The research for the Spoonflower African inspired contest was so interesting. Thank you again.

Posted almost 4 years ago.

wednesd...

wednesdaysgirl says: Love that sparky touch of turquoise. Wonderful! : )

Posted almost 4 years ago.

su_g

su_g says: Cute! Very sweet patterns - I especially like the bird cages! Lots of fascinating information in your note too, much appreciated!

Posted almost 4 years ago.