The idea for my textile collection really began to sparkle in the late nineties. While I was still in
university, I took a trip to New York Street with one of my art school friends. Canal Street was a
must go place to visit; back then the streets were filled with street vendors–so much that you
could hardly see where the sidewalk ended and the road began. As my friend and I walked the
streets with our eyes wide open, looking for deals that would fit our starving student budget, a
man walked up to the stall I was gazing at and opened a large, folded wooden box filled with the
most beautiful textiles I had ever seen. I quickly moved over to him and he explained that it was
fabric from where he was from, West Africa. I bought a piece, thinking if would be a great
headband, not realizing how much that little piece of fabric would affect my life.
I remember wearing that piece of fabric for the rest of that trip, as well as when I went back to
school. One day, while I was in the elevator on campus, a woman walked in behind me. The
woman turned to me and said, “That mud cloth headband is very beautiful.”
I looked at her and smiled. The woman then went on to explain to me that the fabric is actually
dyed with mud and my jaw dropped. As quickly as she came into the elevator, she left but I
wanted more. That is where my obsession with bògòlanfini, also knows as mud cloth, began. I
had absolutely no idea how much work went into each and every piece of traditional mud cloth. I
soon found ways to incorporate bògòlanfini in every assignment I could. I even discussed it in a
My current collection is inspired by the fusion of Nordic and Japanese minimalism with the hand
made aesthetic of reverse painting that bògòlanfini has. The patterns on my textiles are from
original ink and water colour paintings that are then scanned and made into a repeat pattern.
The designs are digitally printed because digital printing is one of the most eco friendly
techniques–using less water than many other traditional printing methods. I want to make sure
that my fabrics are ethically made, keeping the environment and people in mind. All my fabrics
are organic Belgian Linen that's hand printed in my studio or digitally printed in Toronto Canada.
Now I know I can not control the world and I am only a small studio but I believe that starts with small steps.
Happy Monday All !