Talks for textile, patchwork and quilting groups
Or for anyone interested in textiles and design

I travel to groups around the UK, including:

  • Patchwork and quilting groups
  • Embroidery Guilds
  • Textile art groups
  • Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
  • Area and regional days
  • Special events

My talks generally last about 1 hr to 1 hr 15 min. Depending on the talk, I will show a variety of textiles, artefacts and quilts. All of my talks are 'hands-on'. You'll actually get to handle the pieces and examine them close-up. Some talks include digital images from my travels and research.

Many groups like to combine a talk with one of my 1/2 day Workshops.

At all of my talks, I'll bring along some of my African fabrics and beads for sale.

Magie Relph
Quilter, textile artist, teacher and author of African Wax Print: A Textile Journey

A Textile Journey

The creative process is often likened to a journey.

My journey began when I first went to Africa in 1984 and I'm still travelling the buses and back roads as I research and document Africa's colourful and varied textile traditions.

In this talk, we'll focus on a fabric that has become a defining metaphor of African design, fashion and expression: Africa wax print.

African fabric meets Britain's textile and industrial heritage in a splash of colour and design.

Oh, and a few quilts as well!

Magie Relph displays African
map appliqué from Togo

Under African Skies

Focusing on cloths from my collection, we'll look at West Africa's long tradition of hand-dyeing fabrics.

We'll examine indigo from Guinea, Mali and Kano; resist dyed Adire; Kola and indigo from The Gambia and batiks from Ghana.

Then we'll leap forward to see contemporary dyers building on the past to create new techniques and designs.

And, we'll see how I've used these fabrics in my quilts.

Kola and indigo dyeing:
Musa Jaiteh, The Gambia

African Blues

Indigo truly is 'the king of colours'. And nowhere more so than in Africa.

Mixing a bit of history with a bit of alchemy, then adding a dash of design, we'll discover the beauty, excitement and significance of this unique dye.

We'll focus on Adire and Dogon resist dyeing, Mossi cloth from Mali, Daboya strip woven cloth and costume from Ghana, and factory-produced blue print shwe shwe fabric from South Africa.

The indigo dye pits:
Kano, Nigeria

Big Is Beautiful

African Costume and Clothing

In Africa, the bigger the occasion, the more important it is to show off.

And what better way to display your status, importance and wealth than by what you wear?

Grand flowing boubous, enormous embroidered trousers and Bolgatanga underwear are just a few of the items from my collection that you can admire and handle.

Plus, we'll need a model or two!

Traditional man's smock:
Daboya, Ghana

Ashanti Inspirations

Many of my quilts have been influenced by the textiles of West Africa.

Hand-woven Kente cloth and hand-stamped Adinkra cloth are just two of the textiles we'll examine and discuss.

We'll look at how these traditional cloths are made, as well as the background and meaning of their designs.

And you'll see in a selection of my quilts how these traditional African designs can inspire your creative work.

Plus: Adinkra Stamping

Many groups like to combine this talk with my workshop Adinkra Stamping.

Proudly wearing a
vintage Adinkra cloth:
Ntonso, Ghana

Talk and Workshop Fees

2014

Talk: £110

Talk + 1/2 day workshop: £185

2015

Talk: £115

Talk + 1/2 day workshop: £190

Travel and Expenses

Travel at .45p per mile, plus accommodation if required.

Cancellation Policy

All bookings are subject to a £50 charge if cancelled less than 25 days prior to the arranged date.

More info and booking

If you would like more information about my talks and workshops, or if you would like to make a booking, please contact me.

e: info@africanfabric.co.uk

t: 01484 850 188