International Collaboration Leads to New Acquisitions

After a journey from Ilebo to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Antwerp, Belgium, four amazing Shoowa raffia design cloths recently arrived at the Logan Museum.

Three were donated by Bren Heymans, artist and founder of the project. The fourth was commissioned by the Logan through Bren and produced by Shoowa artist, Germaine Kady, in Ilebo.

Celia Edwards, an exchange student from York University in England, has been researching raffia textiles and working with her faculty sponsor, Nicolette Meister, to acquire contemporary raffia for the museum. Celia will catalog the new acquisitions and is developing an online exhibit that will explore the colonial history, contemporary production, and collaborative futur-velours project.

We look forward to sharing more about these beautiful works of art in the coming weeks!

April 22, 2021
  • Nicolette Meister, Logan Museum Director, and Celia Edwards, exchange student from York University, examine a contemporary Shoowa design cloth from the DRC.

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