West African Inspired Embroidered Top

I wanted to embroidery a funky neckline. I had these white beads from CJ Sales here in New York City that I wanted to use. My spark of inspiration happened when I was working on my Social Tribe print which I discussed in a previous post. The bright colors, simple and modern style is based on West African tribal motifs. 

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As an African American, I feel like my work tends to dig up my ethnic roots. The motif and bright colors are inspired by West Africa. Those roots also include the European side of myself too. Each piece I create is a piece of me being expressed. As a woman, I want to emphasize the history of traditional women's work.