Fashion – Textile Design Project 2007 – 2009
This is the first ever experience of dyeing cotton fabric with natural materials that launched the artist quest in natural dyes.
Several Dyes (Tea,Coffee beans, Mango tree bark, Oignons and Eucalyptus leaves) and mordants (wood ashes, iron from roasted nails liquor, Alum salt) were collected from the familly house garden, trashes at the Central Market of Kinshasa. Dyes bathes were made from DIY recipes collected from the Internet. These experimentations as part of his AA degree thesis constituted the scientific research part.
Plain cotton ( calicot ) samples dyed with abovementionned dyes and mordants resulted to concluded that potential application of natural dyes in dyeing cotton could be considered.
A series of garment which followed the final year project emphasis on the protection of the forest and its people thus to promote a greener revival of the declining textile industry in DRCongo through sustainable.
The thesis titled: “ Fashion Design as a social change factor “ a case study indigenous peoples of Epulu aroused awareness for the protection of the tropical forest in Congo and the people depending on (all the humanity).
The Artwork presented at this occasion was composed of a dress with a design inspired by the Lombi tree. That buttress tree whose pictures taken from the Internet , which first captured the artist mind.
The collection “Protos” (first in Ancient Greek) made after this prototype was presented at the Fashion Show sponsored by the French Cultural Center of Kinshasa , under the theme “For a Contemporary Congolose fashion “ presented by the Collective “Académie de la Mode” in 2009 and the same year Selected works won the Design Award Prize at The Furniture and Objet Salon in Kinshasa at the Fine Art Academy of Kinshasa.
Techniques: Deep dyeing with natural dyes, Hand paintings with natural pigments, Embroidery , Papier Mâché, Experimental design
Materials : Cotton fabric , Natural dyes (Tea, Coffee and Eucalyptus), Natural Black Pigment, Cowry Shell , Wooden buttons.
Accessories : golden and Silver mashed paper for beads and hat, wood beaded necklace.
COME WITH ME: The Dresses Series
Fashion Design Project 2007-2008
That micro-collection created in 2007 is composed of 60’s inspired Mini Dresses in A-LINE shapes; Babydoll inspired Dress ; Circle Hand Painted dresses. The Project was a response to a call of participation for a fashion event in Namibia.
Simple dresses with minimal decoration was the motto of this series which was promoted in the TeleSat Magazine under the name “Come With Me”, as an invitation to explore a new aesthetic in Congolese fashion trends without using the Wax print solely. The following year , it was featured at the International Fashion and Hair Style Trends event in Windhoek/Namibia then at the “Bonzenga Fashion Night” in Kinshasa later on.
Techniques : Flat pattern drawing, Hand painting
Materials : Printed Cotton, Printed and Plain Linen, Metallic Organza, Satin
Fashion Project 2011
Following Experimentation of Natural dyes on cotton the second collection under the same theme, explore a new material : ramie fabric and draping technique.
Chosen as a better alternative to cotton fabric which is difficult to find in plain,undyed and lightweight version on the local market in Kinshasa, Ramie showed a better potentiality for free expression style of the artist.
The works consisted of monochrome draped and constructed garments with minimal style for hot weather .
The collection was presented during the SOKO SOKO BAZAR in 2011 with a collection of Accessories made by the workshop “ELIKYA” directed by the Florie Torres; Raphaël Wanzio , Marcel Bahati and others artisans creations exhibiting at the market.
The unique decorated fabric was hand painted by the social artist Farouk Mahumbala, based in Kinshasa, inspired by the design made on barkcloth by indigenous peoples.
Technique: Hand painting , Drapage, Flat pattern drawing, Drafting.
Materials : Ramie fabric ; natural beads and recycled materials and Silver for accessories, Acrylic .
Textile Art – Fashion Project 2012-2014
“Signature “ was born during the final year of the new Bachelor program of Textile Design launched in 2010 at the Arts and Crafts College of Kinshasa . This new experimentation of surface design was directed by the designer Cedric Nzolo in collaboration with a local printing workshop lead by visual artist of the Fine Art Academy of Kinshasa.
Designs were inspired by the Indigenous people’s barkcloth designs which are also drawn on body as ephemeral body art for various occasions.
Computerized design were printed : on paper (inkjet) for packaging samples,
And cotton canvas and ramie fabric by silk screen printing technique for bags prototype.
In 2013, the textile collection was developed to an entire fashion collection , showcased at the KINSHASA FASHION WEEK and the SOKO SOKO BAZAR market.
In 2014, “ NDURA: une forêt , un peuple, un avenir “ was the title of 2 exhibitions held at the French Institute of Kinshasa and Alliance Française of Kisangani, which promoted the textile and fashion collections with an outlight on the backclothes inspiring them. Those barkclothes were collected from 2011 to 2013 at Epulu village ( Ituri province – NE Congo) under the social project NDURA supported by Limbere Consulting Ltd, the French Abroad Union and the newly Established VIVUYA Ethical brand.
Techniques : Silk screen printing, Flat pattern drawing
Materials: Cotton (Canvas),Ramie, Muslin, synthetic dyes.