The graphic nature of Adinkra symbols have intrigued me since I started exploring them in my first printmaking class three years ago. You can find some history of Adinkra here and here (a .pdf document with symbol meanings). Adinkra symbols express various themes that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the Asante. They mostly have rich proverbial meaning. Other Adinkra symbols depict historical events, human behavior and attitudes, animal behavior, plant life forms and shapes of objects. These wonderful symbols are a great example of culture, in that they grow and morph as different influences weight on the society.
I wanted to find a way to share these wonderfully graphic images that stand so well on their own. The images just lent themselves easily to the covers of my hand sewn books and that led to these new creations.
The covers are either a 140lb or a double thick cover French Paper and the Adinkra symbols are silkscreened onto it. The inside pages are a smooth 24lb white paper whose opacity makes it easy to use both sides of the page. The books are packaged with the meaning of the showcased symbol included on the back.