I am so pleased to share that I have finished making Anansi Tales, an artist’s book with contributions by Nancy Campbell in way of writing my foreward, and book designer Manuel Mazzotti who worked very closely with me. A special thanks for my muse Akin Fadairo who patiently posed for me.
I have had a long fascination with the legendary African trickster and master of disguise. The series A Study on Anansi was spotted by Sir Paul Smith and exhibited in his Albermarle Street Gallery in 2009. Now in Anansi Tales I celebrate the human body and combines the arts of tailoring and storytelling. Anansi knew that stories were missing from the world, and travelled to the sun to find them. I offer a new slant on this traditional African tale. In a series of bold and colourful cut-out images, I use original bespoke suit tailoring patterns from the tailors Dege & Skinner to rewrite the history of Western tailoring, taking the suit back to its component parts, and honouring its original form: the robe.
The book is an edition of only 15 copies and scheduled to launch next year. Please get in contact for more info.
Photos: Denis Laner