TOGO In 1970, my dad was appointed ambassador to Togo. My mother was enchanted by the richness of the culture and the colors all around her.
She fell in love the the intricately patterned and richly dyed fabrics for sale in the local markets and came up with the idea of using the fabric to create works of art by cutting select pieces of fabric in shapes and glueing them to plywood. She ended up creating a number of these works, and, after returning to the U.S. she showed her work in Washington and New York, where they sold well. As far as I know, she did not pick up a paint brush ever again. more examples
Marquetry artist Maria Cristina Alvarez Magliano commented on the fabric art:
"The works in fabric are vibrant, joyful, full of life. She had a very deep knowledge of color and shape to manage so well prints so different and unrelated to each other, representing, once completed, balanced images." You should see Cristina's wonderful creative work at:
On her web site, Cristina writes: "I strongly believe that art can change the way we see ourselves, making us more tolerant to other's points of view, ideas and feelings; in sum, more open to diversity. It is, at least, my commitment. I think we must try to surround our everyday life with art."
In a world so overwhelmed by politics and struggle, it is too easy to forget the importance of artistic expression, which is an expression of life itself. My mother saw — and was able to express — the vibrance of life, as does Cristina with her work.