I'm a former diplomat who's crossed over into the world of fiber art. My posting in Namibia introduced me to the hand-carved wood printing blocks of Oshiwa Designs, and I've specialized in making textile art pieces with my hand-stamped fabrics for the past several years. I love teaching classes in fabric stamping, and have taught this and a variety of other quilting classes in Belgium, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Canada, Gabon, Kenya, and the US.
One of the techniques I like to do is over-stamping African fabrics with my Oshiwa blocks to add a design element and make them even more "African" if that's possible! In these photos, you can see a group of four African fabrics as they were when I bought them, and then photos of how I used them as backgrounds for the over-stamped images. The over-stamped hexagons are in a quilt that I haven't quite finished yet....sound familiar? :) In class, I show the students a few examples like these, then I get to see what they decide to do with the technique.
One of the students in Kenya brought an African fabric with white shapes on a blue background to class. She used one Oshiwa block to stamp with blue paint in the white areas and white paint in the blue areas. She created a lovely design unique to her. Isn't it well done? I just had to show you! Beautiful!