The 2017 Serpentine Pavilion was designed by Francis Kéré, an architect from Burkina Faso. Kéré says that “people are the basis of every piece of work” and he works with groups to design and build architectural structures. This Pavilion was based on the idea of a tree as a shared meeting place.
The Portable Mural featured a cyanotype print of a woven tapestry with prompts for looking around the Pavilion. The reverse was made of a strip of indigo dyed dust sheet and contains a space for families to create a mural together with the pop-out shapes.
The title was based on a 1965 essay ‘Tapestry’, in which artist and weaver Anni Albers described a woven picture as a ‘portable mural’. A mural is a large image, text or pattern painted on a wall which draws people’s attention to both decoration and important social issues.
Indigo is a natural blue dye made from the leaves of the indigo plant. It also creates the colour blue that you find in jeans. In Burkina Faso, fabric is often woven in plain white strips. Patterns are then made by clamping, tying or stitching the material and dipping it into a vat of indigo dye. Blue indigo cloth is used in different ways by different cultures: sometimes it is worn as work clothing and sometimes it is worn for special occasions.
Katie developed this pack in collaboration with Year 3 students at Gateway Academy, North Westminster, friends and designers Maeve Redmond and Sarah Johnson and the Serpentine Galleries Education team.
Design by Cameron Leadbetter.
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