Weya Story Quilts - Zimbabwe - Great Lesson Inspiration
- Dear Art Educators,
Several members purchased Weya Story Quilts to use with students. I
bought two for myself to display in my home. These Story Quilts from
Zimbabwe would be great inspiration for a lesson for elementary
through middle school. More info below in a previous post (from March
Africa Direct has two amazing six panels quilts on sale on eBay right:
If links don't work, go to:
Enter Weya Story Quilt in store search.
Africa Direct has many affordable items for teaching African art:
> Greetings Art Educators,
> It is no secret that I have a passion for African art. I LOVE the
> Story Quilts made by the Weya women of Zimbabwe - a relatively new art
> form for them (since 1984).
>......If I were still teaching I would snatch up one (or
> more) of these and do a lesson. Younger children could use scraps of
> wallpaper to tell their story (or even fabric). Older children could
> use a variety of fabrics - including some cultural fabrics to
> represent their heritage (if they wished). Also, make a connection to
> Faith Ringgold. Each and every one I have seen is charming - and so
> colorful. The one I like best is "Responsible Husband" on the Africa
> Direct site, but the asking price is higher. (Note: I did buy "Responsible Husband"
> for my husband for Father's Day 2011)
> Here is the story of the quilts (copied from Africa Direct):
> The Weya quilt is a product of a group of women living in rural
> Zimbabwe who were taught by the European artist Ilse Noy. Ms. Noy came
> to Zimbabwe in 1984 as a member of the German Volunteer Service. After
> working for three years at the Cold Comfort Weaving Co-operative on
> the outskirts of Harare, Ilse moved to Weya, a small communal area in
> Zimbabwe . There she taught local women sewing and painting skills,
> and appliqué and embroidery techniques.
> Today the Weya quilt workshop has become a veritable industry and the
> quilts are sold across Zimbabwe, in neighboring countries, and in
> fact, all over the world. The diverse themes depicted on the quilts
> reveal many aspects of the Weya women's culture. The quilt-makers have
> in effect translated their daily life into their works, alluding to
> their marriage, their husband and children, sexuality, death, spirits,
> ancestors, hopes and worries. The quilts are inspiring expressions of
> humanity and have proved to be great sources of revenue for the brave
> artists who make them.
> For more information and other examples see Ilse Noy, THE ART OF THE
> WEYA WOMEN, by Baobab Book, 1992, 1994
> To view these, go to Africa Direct:
> Enter Weya in the search feature and you will find 28 marvelous story
> quilts - many now reduced (which saddens me). I have come to be close
> friends (virtual friends) with Eliza (owner). I know she paid a fair
> price for all of these (maybe purchased on her trip there last
> summer?) and may very well be selling them at her cost now.
> The book to compliment your lesson is available on Amazon.com.
> If any of you do a lesson - with or without making a purchase of your
> own Story Quilt - please let me know. I would like to see images.
> Judy Decker
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- Aminah Robinson is an African American artist in Columbus, Ohio who does a version of story quilts for anyone interested in tying that into a lesson. Her work is similar to many of these quilts and are very rich in detail and using a wide range of materials.
Here is a link to a web page
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