Barbadian Artist calls for revival in lost crafts – sees Barbados youth unnecessarily ignorant of weaving and crochet

If you haven’t taken time to popover to the Central Bank and see the first stage of the Visual Arts Festival then you need to do so, one of the highlights is the quilts from heraldic artist Ann Rudder who created the items as a tribute to her ancestry.

The artist herself between "Betsy Lemon 1 & 2"

The artist herself between "Betsy Lemon 1 & 2"

It is a monument in cloth to those who paved the way, with even brief yet poignant descriptions of the Barbadian slave trade as it was centuries ago.

One of the canvassed photos using the giclee method for highlighting Barbadians of yesteryear

One of the canvassed photos using the giclee method for highlighting Barbadians of yesteryear

When I got a chance to chat with her she has some concerns over the future of Barbadian culture, she sees baskets and doilies as thing  of the past if nothing is done to save these methods of expression {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK};-

Many of the accessories on the quilts were discovered at garage or rummage sales, Ms Rudder thinks young Bajans are becoming a ‘lost & tossed‘ society – whereas they should look to the European market to discover how they seek to preserve culture and not remove it.

Even though Ms Rudder eschews old ways, she is not averse to using modern techniques to restore her ancestry {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK};-

Illusion Graphics in Bank Hall assisted in restoring the picture of Ann Rudder’s grandparents which was developed as a daguerreotype decades ago.

Ms Rudder sees the need for BCC to revive the art of basket weaving as a course for students

Ms Rudder sees the need for BCC to revive the art of basket weaving as a course for students

The next stage of the Visual Arts Festival looks at 2 Dimensional art or paintings for those who prefer simpler terms, it begins Friday 16th July and gives way to 3 dimensional art (Sculpture) on Thursday 29th July.

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