Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SUBLIME INDIGO - Master Indigo dyer Aboubakar Fofana @ the Jan-Jan Van Essche Studio & Atelier Solarshop

For those who know him it’s a true honor,
for those who don’t... it will be.

Aboubakar Fofana is a purist and one of the few masters in natural fermentation indigo dye alive today.

His work and vision have recently been covered by The New York Times and Vogue.
He will soon be with us in Antwerp to continue sharing his long life passion for those green leaves that make the color blue come to life.

(450€ for three days)

In April, Mr. Fofana will be teaching two different workshops of 3 days each on indigo dying techniques
@ the Jan-Jan Van Essche studio.
The workshops will be given in English and French.
INDIGO DYEING (limited places)
April 19th - 21st
from 10:00 to 17:00

April 22nd - 24th
from 10:00 to 17:00

Jan-Jan Van Essche studio
Nachtegaalstraat 27
2060 Antwerp

all info:
or visit the WORKSHOP LINK
(no entrance fee)

On April 27th, Atelier Solarshop will be hosting a lecture by Mr. Fofana.
At the same time this event will be a trunk show for his own products.

April 27th @ Atelier Solarshop
Lecture starts at 20:00.

Before and during the lecture, OTARK will be providing SOUP & BREAD.
COCKTAILS are after.

Please RSVP :

Atelier Solarshop
Dambruggestraat 48
2060 Antwerp
Aboubakar Fofana was born in Mali but left to live in Paris when he was ten. From an early age he was fascinated by the natural world, and was introduced to indigo plants at the age of seven. 

Fofana spent many years working in Paris as a calligrapher and graphic designer but was always drawn back to the country of his birth, and to the idea of green leaves that make blue.  He began to return regularly to West Africa and to undertake a self-imposed apprenticeship in indigo dyeing. After winning the prestigious Villa Medicis Hors les Murs, undertaken in Japan and focussing on his project 'Sublime Indigo – Japan-France-Mali',  Fofana decided to follow his passion for the textile arts, with a particular focus on the increasingly rare techniques of indigo and mud dyeing native to his birthplace. His original passion for calligraphy still surfaces in his textile work, especially in the medium of mud-dyeing.

 Fofana has exhibited in joint and solo shows throughout the world, and continues to share his passions through his work and his teaching. He has collaborated with interior and fashion designers, as well as with ceramicists, leatherworkers and other artisans, and his work and his story have been included in a number of books.

Fofana's art is directly informed by the raw materials he uses. The cyclical movements of the natural world, the way time alters living things, the beauty of these changes and their ephemeral states, are all mirrored in his work.

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