Hi, I am EUGENIA UNEKUOJO ABU, U15ID1053. I am a graduating student of Ahmadu Bello University, Department of Industrial Design (Textile and Fashion Design Section) and these are my works. Basically, what we do in my Department is that we have the option of specializing in three key areas of Industrial Design; which are Ceramics, Textile and Graphics. I chose to specialize in Textile because I have passion for fashion. I also have a little experience of Fine Arts you can see from some of my drawings and sketches here… because I took some elective courses from Fine Arts.
I chose to specialize in Textile and Fashion Design not only because of my passion, but also because the works there are colourful and I feel it is also one area that has the most potential to offer job opportunities – given that Africans are best known for their unique prints and textile as well as their bespoke fashion.
So over here are some of my works… this one is weaving, quite very challenging to do. There are upward of a thousand needles each of which you need to pass threads through. This here is printing, and this one is batik. And if you look carefully, you could see that some of the designs on paper have been transferred to printed fabric as you can see here with this fish design and that butterfly here. Quite interesting, you see!
And yeah, while I was here in ABU, there were the ups and downs sure. Let’s even say the good, the bad and the ugly. One of the things I found most difficult in this Section particularly was the fact that most of our works – assignments – cost a lot of money to complete. For example if you need to work on a carpet, you could spend up to ten thousand naira or more. And sometimes you could spend all this money on the materials and you’d still not be able to do the work to the satisfaction of your Lecturer and he could judge that the work isn’t good enough and you’d have start all over again!
One of such experiences I particularly found difficulty which caused me to cry one time while speaking with my dad was this particular weaving work you are seeing here… the reason being that the material used (the thread) is extremely tiny and if you have nails like I do, it’ll be very difficult for you to pass through the needles; and of course there’s a lot of calculations and math involved! There had been sleepless nights, lots of mosquito bites, and working with colleagues during groups work could make tempers flare sometimes because different people have different personalities and so on...
But the most difficult part in it all I’d say is the challenge of being really creative; because it’s easy for you to just do the work. But if you don’t have a creative mindset, if you don’t have inspiration, if you don’t have the zeal to work and go that extra mile... your work might be neat and good, but then it’d be bland. In this world, I think nobody wants to be just ordinary, people need to be special [in their works] so that they can stand out. So basically, that is one of the most challenging aspects of my experiences here in ABU.
I chose to specialize in Textile and Fashion Design not only because of my passion, but also because the works there are colourful and I feel it is also one area that has the most potential to offer job opportunities – given that Africans are best known for their unique prints and textile as well as their bespoke fashion.EUENIA Abu Unekuojo
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