Final works

I’ve produced three works for this module. The first one is a reportage style embroidery stitch inspired by the lively market square in Marrakech (Djemaa El-Fna). This piece is currently on display at the Craft in the Bay from 14th May to Mid June, 2015. It’s a mix work of hand and machine embroidery. The technique is heavily influenced by Tilleke Schwarz stitch art. I attended her stitch workshop a few moths back and I think her work tells narrative and communicative.

The linen is dyed with fabric dye I brought from the market square as well as the yarn. The decoration & colour is inspired from building and Riyad, traditional carpet pattern I saw in Marrakech market and the background is the atlas mountain.

© Ayu Baker. 2015. Morocco display at the Craft in the Bay.

© Ayu Baker. 2015. Morocco display at the Craft in the Bay.

© Ayu Baker. 2015. Morocco - Djemaa El-Fna.

© Ayu Baker. 2015. Morocco – Djemaa El-Fna.

The piece is also inspired by Henry Martisse’s work regarding his visit to Morocco, in particular is in the composition where size and perspective that are not bound to western art rules.

From top left to top right: 1. Tajin, carpet, ceramic plates & fabric dye seller. 2. decorative doors in Marrakech 3. Yarn seller with his donkey 4. Morrocan lamps to sell 

From bottom left to right: 1. Orange juice cart 2. Snake charmer 3. Water fountain 4. Storyteller 5. Water seller 6. Tooth puller. And cats. cats are everywhere, anywhere!
This is print-on fabric portrait of a Berber woman we visited in Morocco. This piece is inspired by carpets & windows decoration in Marrakech.

© Ayu Baker, 2015. Portrait of a Berber woman.

© Ayu Baker, 2015. Portrait of a Berber woman.

This piece is inspired from a song I found in a book I bought at the YSL museum in Marrakech. The museum displays tools, craft and art of the Berber people. The song is sang by Berber women when they weave and gossip with their family and friends about their life and also as a relieve form from the hard work they do in running the household. The money they receive from selling their craft is sometime used to buy jewellery or farm animals.

© Ayu Baker. 2015. Berbern women weave song.

© Ayu Baker. 2015. Berber women weave song.

Process of dyeing the linen:

dyeing process

dyeing process

dyeing process

dyeing process

dyeing process

dyeing process

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One Comment on “Final works”

  1. […] I then continued it by participating in artist workshop with Tilleke Schwarz from Nederland. Her stitch work is mainly narrative – reportage style. I learned a lot from this approach because it presents the stitch work that communicates to the viewers. I applied this approach to one of my final work for Field Module – Morocco project. […]


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