Workshop: Kanga for the Present


by Ada M. Patterson, as part of their project Kanga for the Present
Saturday, 16 October 2021, 14.00-17.00

On Saturday, 16 October, artist Ada M. Patterson is organising a Kanga Zine-Making workshop at Hotel Maria Kapel. Places are limited, make your reservation now.

Do you have something to say to this world and the times we live in? Spend the day saying it with pictures, poetry and textiles in this Kanga Zine-Making workshop. Kanga is a wearable printed textile popular in East Africa, featuring a border, a central image and a proverb. We will be making small kanga designs on paper which will be made into a collective zine.

By playing with Kanga – a sophisticated form of communication, wish-making and celebration – this workshop believes in treating our thoughts, words and experiences as gifts we give to the world out of love, whether our love is soft, tough or just complicated.

All skill levels are welcome.

A small range of materials will be provided (including a glue-gun) but, if you have any preferred materials (paints, pencil crayons, graphite, felt-tip markers, charcoal, fabric, magazine cut-outs, sequins, glitter, plastic waste, plant matter, etc.), you are invited to bring these with you.

Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer working with masquerade, textiles, performance, video and poetry, telling stories and imagining elegies for ungrievable bodies and moments. Patterson is the 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow. Upcoming exhibitions include “Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now” at Tate Britain, London.

Image: Ada M. Patterson, The Whole World is Turning, 2019. Picture: Bart Treuren.