Abigail Egwunyenga

Master of Surface Pattern and Textiles

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About me

I am a University of Leeds School of Design Alumni graduate, with a 2:1 in Art and Design. I am interested in globalisation’s patterns and cultural influences on African Art and African artists in the diaspora. As a result of which, I choose to express my art through pattern designs. My work is highly influenced by West African textiles and historical art.

Surface pattern design has always fascinated me; particularly with respects to culture, identity and diversity. My interest in surface patterns had developed due to my Nigerian pre-colonial heritage.

I hope to show more of my pattern designs in exhibitions, work within the art and design industry and make patterns for people to appreciate and learn the importance of African pre-colonial Heritage.

“the scope of meaning associated with cloth is so wide….it is to the African what monuments are to westerners” – Artist El Anatsui – ( Checinska, 2018).

My practice utilises the pre-colonial gestural Language Nsibidi, to make textile designs that communicate folk stories and the Nigerian pre-colonial every day. Nsibidi are graphic symbols recognised as a gestural language that evolved from local interactive decision-making within the sovereign leopard societies of different West African tribes. My practice hopes to simulate a contemporary and innovative revival of Nsibidi within the design field. Thus, making designs inspired by heritage with meanings reminding people of African descent of a shared pre-colonial African memory. The designs also invite people of other cultures to appreciate the beauty in African pre-colonial aesthetics.

Welcome to Nsibidi

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Welcome to Nsibidi

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Love Story

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Love Story 2

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Unwanted

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Unwanted 2

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Scent leaf (African Basil)

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The everyday

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The everyday

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Keywords: Surface Pattern Design, Art and Design, Textile design, Textile Art