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CLOTH & CLAY

musings on land and material culture

Aboubakar and Katherine

Saturday 19th May 2012 - 10am till 5pm - Saturday 16th June 2012

Aboubakar Fofana and Katherine Glenday have had several creative engagements over the past years, sharing their respective mastery and cultural fascination with cloth and clay and their relationship to the earth and the continent they originate from. 

Aboubakar has worked with indigo and textile design and has studied calligraphy from many cultures. He is a master dyer and his work is shown from Japan to America. He is currently working on collections for a New York based fashion house while the the Museum of Art and Design have his work in their permanent collection. He teaches master classes in calligraphy in Paris. 

Aboubakar's Work  |  Aboubakar's Profile

Katherine’s work has been exhibited since 1983. It can be found in many public collections in South Africa and she has won many major awards for her work. It is also included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design in New York. 

Like Aboubakar she has explored her material for thirty years and has an expertise with porcelain that is unparalled. Her engagement with collaborations between artists and musians and dancers, and her interest in drawing connections between people and their practice is what has inspired this exhibition.

Katherine's Work  |  Katherine's Profile

Meet the Artists

As Africans Aboubakar and Katherine find that they have a longing to show and talk about their work on their own continent. They see the alchemist in one another and both artists see their work as an expression of creativity that goes beyond craft. 

They will be giving a talk on their respective practices at 3pm on Saturday 19th May. This will not be so much a technical explanation as a talk about the content of their work, its relationship to their roots and a talk about the journey towards a more essential and pure expression. 

Calligraphy Workshop

Sunday 20th May

On Sunday 20th of May Aboubakar will be giving a talk on how he came to be fascinated by calligraphy and he will conduct a hands on, practical workshop. The workshop will be partly demonstration and partly participation.

Aboubakar Fofana has studied calligraphy from cultures from all over the world and he describes the content of the Workshop as spanning a journey from 16th century illuminated script to the abstract gesture.

To find out more about the Calligraphy Workshop, please send an email to or call 011 447 5804.