Art Inspired by Ancient Alphabets
With Saki Mafundikwa
August 14 - 19, 2019
Due to low enrollment this program has been cancelled
Since the dawn of humanity, along with the need for food, clothes and shelter, the urge to communicate has been encoded into our DNA. Explore and examine ancient scripts from east and west Africa, including Ethiopia (Ge’ez) and Ghana (Adinkra), both of which boast long, ancient traditions of art and design.
Some of the world’s oldest known systems of communication, these ancient alphabets are bursting with colour and symbol, inspiring graphic designers, filmmakers, and textile artists. Bring your medium of choice and immerse yourself in the creative genius of the ancients.
This truly unique workshop takes its cue from the Adinkra symbol Sankofa, which means go back and get it – in other words, learn from the past!
All welcome. No design experience necessary.
Watch Saki’s Ted Talk below for a sample of what to expect during this linguistic journey.
Saki Mafundikwa is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), a design and new media training college in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was educated in the US with a BA in Telecommunications and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He returned home in 1998 to found ZIVA after working in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and design instructor. Mafundikwa’s book, Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Africa, was published in 2004. Besides being of historical importance, it is also the first book on…
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