Most of my quilts are rooted in some way in Africa - either in design, inspiration, fabrics, or all three. I'll try to rotate new pieces through the gallery from time to time. I hope you enjoy my work and find it inspiring.
Carnet du Passages
When it comes to quilts and creating, Magie's biggest influences are the African fabrics she collects and the journeys we endure to find them. Her latest quilt - Carnet du Passage - documents our recent three-month road trip by local transport across West Africa. Look closely and you'll find decrepit and virtually worthless bank notes, tickets for various buses and shared taxis, scraps of fabric and at least one beer cap from each country en route - except Mauritania, which is as dry as the desert it is.
On the road in Africa there's plenty of time to kill: waiting for transport, waiting on borders, that sort of thing. Magie has taken to filling the time by handstitching small 'postcard' quilts as interpretations and reflections on the journey.
Postcard from Labe
Labe - in the stunning Fouta Djallon highlands of northern Guinea - has a long tradition of indigo dyeing. We recently explored the indigo villages there, documenting their dyeing techniques and of course buying their famous indigo 'Guinea cloth'.
Here, the village ladies are drying their indigo cloths on the line. Magic.
Travelling to the local lumos or markets around Basse - way up river in The Gambia - requires stamina and a hard bottom. This small quilt is Magie's version of local transport there, a clapped out minibus ram jam packed full of people, goods and livestock.
The wheels on my gilly-gilly are beer caps from Julbrew, the local tipple.