Small School presents On Motifs and Meaning with Bukola Koiki
In this workshop we briefly discuss the history of marks, signatures, sigils, and motifs across the world (including the symbolic content of various textile motifs) and their relationship to cultural or personal mythologies, sayings, and aphorisms. Using short writing and timed drawing exercises, participants try their hand at drawing a personal motif—a graphic shorthand for a personal history, belief, occupation.
About the presenter
Bukola Koiki is a Nigerian American conceptual fiber artist and educator known for the depth of material curiosity and technical research in her practice. A first-generation immigrant with several intersecting identities, she interprets the world and the complexities of the contemporary Black experience through the lens of a trained designer-turned-craftsperson and from a liminal existence between nations, gender, and culture. Her multidimensional fiber works include hand-pulled prints rendered with embroidered collagraph plates, giant handmade and hand-dyed paper beads employing Nigerian hair threading techniques, and indigo-dyed and hand-printed Tyvek head ties.
Koiki received her MFA in applied craft and design from Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 2023 she was awarded a United States Artists Fellowship. Her work has been featured in American Craft and Surface Design magazines and on OPB (NPR Oregon). She has exhibited nationally and currently lives and works in Maine.
Small School and the NCMA are partners on this and many other events.
Image: Courtesy of the artist