Artistic Yarn Portraitures on Streetism in Ghana – Highlighting the Struggles of Street Children

Authors

  • Edem Afful Dept of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Edem Kwami Buami Dept of Industrial Art, Ho Technical University, Ghana
  • Akosua Mawuse Amankwah Dept of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Ebenezer Kofi Howard Dept. of Industrial Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2022.29

Keywords:

Textile Art; Techniques; Ordeals; Streetism; Yarn; Ghana; Street Children

Abstract

Textile art is widely used by artists to communicate a message. This concept simply employs materials and techniques unconventionally to produce works of art that strives to gain the attention of viewers.This project exercised the concept where yarns of different textures were used in the production of works of art that falls in the ambits of textile art. These works communicate the emotional state and ordeals street children undergo on the streets of Kumasi. The philosophical underpinnings of each textile art seeks to draw the attention of citizens about the struggle of these children in our society and support to minimize their increasing numbers. In achieving the focus of the project, a conceptual framework influenced by Marshall (2010), Aesthetico-action model was developed coupled with art Studio-Based practice. Participant observation and unstructured interview were the instruments employed in the creative process. Experiments conducted under studio-settings revealed the working possibilities of materials and techniques. It was revealed that, adhesives such as uhu glue, super adesivo and Fevico SH adhere well with yarns (cotton, acrylic and polyester) depending on which yarn pattern technique used. The study however recommended strict regulation and implementation of policies on streetism that seeks to eliminate children on the streets.

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Published

2022-12-20 — Updated on 2023-01-13

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How to Cite

Afful, Edem, Edem Kwami Buami, Akosua Mawuse Amankwah, and Ebenezer Kofi Howard. (2022) 2023. “Artistic Yarn Portraitures on Streetism in Ghana – Highlighting the Struggles of Street Children”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 25 (January):193-218. https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2022.29.