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Inspiration: African Designs from Traditional Sources

July 16, 2010

I found this book at a library sale a few years ago. It is a collection of over 300 African designs, sourced from items like bracelets, masks, combs, and cloth prints. The author, Geoffrey Williams reproduced them using linocut prints, a technique that involves carving through linoleum to create a type of stamp.

I love African art. It is as emotionally stirring as the rhythmic, percussive music found there. What do you think of these works? How are they different from present-day, “modern” art?

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