School of Art & Design Research Lecture
The School of Art and Design is honoured to welcome Prof. Charles Frimpong (PhD) and Mrs. Akosua Amankwah from the Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana.
- From: Wednesday 21 April 2021, 12.30 pm
- To: Wednesday 21 April 2021, 2.15 pm
- Registration: 12:30 pm
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We will have two speakers from the Department of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. The format will be 40 minutes for each talk - 12:30-13:50; then discussion until 14:15.
PHILOSOPHICAL SYMBOLISM OF INDIGENOUS TEXTILES IN GHANA
1. Prof. Charles Frimpong
Prof. Charles Frimpong (PhD) obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Industrial Art Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 1991 with a specialisation in Textiles and went on to pursue a post-graduate diploma in Art Education. He studied at the University of Ghent, Belgium, between 1994 and 1996, before returning to Ghana with a MSc. Textile Technology degree to start teaching at KNUST. His area of specialisation has been Fabric Construction, Dyes and Dyeing Technology and Textile Testing. His interest in local textile traditions led to his instrumental involvement in the introduction of “Kente” weaving on table looms in the second year of the Textiles programme. He has also led groups of MFA in Textile Design students, and cohorts of international students and professors to the three textile producing regions of Ghana on study tours. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Art and Chairman of the management committee of the University printing press.
African cloth has an internal beauty that is symbolic with respect to its motifs, colours, and usage; it is a visual representation of the people’s history, oral tradition, ethnic beliefs, social values, and political philosophy. It is a silent method for communication realised by those who use it. Prof. Frimpong’s presentation looks at the history, philosophical symbolism, and cultural context of use of indigenous fabrics in Ghana. His focus will be placed on the indigenous textile producing communities of Bonwire, Ntonsu, Agotime-Kpetoe, Agbozume, and Daboya, and will discuss significant developments in equipment, materials, techniques, imagery, and use.
2. Akosua Amankwah
Mrs. Akosua Amankwah is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Industrial Art at KNUST, Ghana. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Textiles from KNUST and a Master’s Degree in Professional Design for Textiles and Fashion from Heriot Watt University, UK. Currently she is a doctoral student at KNUST, pursuing Fashion Design Technology. Her PhD research focuses on Integration of Circular Economy Models in Selected Fashion SMEs in Ghana for Sustainability. She is currently a member of the Institute of Textile and Fashion Professionals-Ghana and currently working on Integration of Flat Pattern and Free Hand Cutting in Garment Construction toward Environmental Sustainability and Implementation of Design Innovation Strategies by Fashion SMEs in Ghana.
THE PLACE OF GHANA IN THE GLOBAL FASHION INDUSTRY SUSTAINABILITY DISCOURSE
The Fashion Industry practices globally is considered to have major negative impacts on both the environment and society. Volume productions and consumption are based on the industry’s model of take-create-dispose. As this phenomenon is observed to take centre stage in more industrialised nations, developing countries like Ghana also contribute directly or indirectly to the negative impacts. A review approach is taken to analyse how the operations of the fashion industry in Ghana, although in its developing stage, impact on sustainability and the opportunities available to avert the trend and to make positive impacts towards a global fashion industry sustainable practice. Fashion production in Ghana is predominantly centred on small to medium scale enterprises and their mode of operation give room for customised small runs tailored to specific end customer and hence provides an avenue for exploring sustainable strategies that may have positive impact on environment and society.
12:30 – 13:50 Presentation (First presentation – 12:30 – 13:10 – second presentation 13:10 – 13:50)
13:50 – 14:15 Discussion
The image is courtesy of Samuel Antwi Oteng and Mrs. Akosua Amankwah
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