WORLASI


2022

Inner tire Rubber Tubes and Rivets

78 x 54 in

My creative process centers on utilizing various weaving techniques to intricately craft tapestries from discarded inner tubes. Grounded in the ethos of upcycling, it emphasizes the repurposing of found objects sourced from vulcanizer shops and similar environments.

Worlasi in "In the hands of the maker" in Ewe. Ewe(Eve or Evegbe) is a Gbe language spoken by the Ewes in southeastern Ghana and Togo.

Being partly Ewe and Ga (both Ghanaian tribes), I am inspired by the naming traditions behind these tribes. In Africa, most children are named based on situations surrounding their birth. I decided to apply this technique to the naming of my works, naming them based on circumstances surrounding their creation: be it a moment of joy, gratitude or deep contemplation. I began using Yoruba names in my works as the Ga tribe have Yoruba roots in Nigeria and also because Yoruba names are similar to Ewe names. I began exploring the use of Igbo names after, as they bore similarities to Yorubo and Ewe names in terms of depth and meaning.