by Allison Moorcroft
Thanks for the very inspirational graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani – she is so brave doing her art in that society and all over the world!
I started my piece by finding a dramatic and sombre – looking colour for the sky. The building was worked on a rust – dyed fabric with pens and brushes bringing the building to life. Quite accidently, by using lace overlay, the effect looked like peeling paintwork. Organza and oil pastels gave me the colours on the building. The graffiti was appliqued on lastly. The foreground was also the rust – dyed fabric with a little bit of embroidery here and there. After making borders with teabags and organza on canvas I changed my mind and used an upholstery fabric instead.
Since doing this piece I am looking at dilapidated buildings in Durban in a different light and photographing them to recreate in fabric.