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Black to the Future Series II

This series takes elements of craftsmanship, luxury and technology, translated through the digital medium of design. Studying wood carvings, jewellery, hair and body paint from various nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the Asante, Krobo and Boki, I experimented with the ways in which technology could be integrated with the body and tradition.

This piece is inspired by the attire of Krobo girls during their passage to womanhood, this portrait reinterprets the beads that adorn their heads. Instead of draping around their hairpieces, the chain of beads is evocative of planetary paths in the solar system, or electrons orbiting an atom. The large yellow Bodom beads are revered for their protective power, and it is said that if a girls places one in water at the entrance to her bedroom, and a man tries to enter at night, the bead will bark like a dog. Inspired by the functionality of the beads, I envisioned futuristic purposes for them — the beads on her head play music and carry wifi.

Size: A1 | 23-3/8 x 33-1/8 inches | 594 x 841 mm

Printed on Fine Art Paper and mounted on wood.