derby museum

10
Mar

Mothers Meeting

Loving these little ladies.. Thinking about where they might be placed in the museum, lots of funny ideas going off in my head, possibilities of comical narrative that may go with them. I can almost hear them chattering away, eyeing up the last piece of cake.

7
Mar

Derby Museum Stores

Was lucky enough to have a look around the Derby Museum stores earlier. Focusing mainly on tribal items; looking for religious statues for pattern and form. I love this Sowei mask from the Mende people, (above right) reminds me of something from a Studio Ghibli film. It is unusual because it is one of the few African ritual masks to be worn exclusively by women. It is worn by members of the Sande society, in honour of the water spirit ‘Sowo’ during a ceremony to initiate young girls into womanhood. Needless to say, I am feeling pretty inspired today.