Integrating indigenous vegetable tanned leather with fabric in mixed-media pictorial art for value enhancement.
The challenging economic conditions across the globe and the competitive world market have resulted in vigorous efforts by stakeholders to exploit every available opportunity within their geographical locations such as cultural or natural resources to make economic gains out of them. The use of indigenous vegetable tanned leather for the production of pictorial art through the appliqué technique is not common in the industry and considering the contemporary people’s rush for new things that have evolved from innovative ideas, it is prudent to take advantage and pursue research in this area and thus expand the horizon for the use of Ghanaian indigenous vegetable tanned leather. Therefore the researcher aimed at integrating indigenous vegetable tanned leather with fabric in the production of mixed-media pictorial art. To achieve this aim, the following objectives were set: to identify selected types of pictorial art forms produced with mixed- media; to demonstrate the practicability of manipulating indigenous vegetable tanned leather for integration with fabric in mixed-media for the production of pictorial art; and to appreciate the integration of indigenous vegetable tanned leather with fabric in the production of mixed-media pictorial art. In this regard, the researcher employed the qualitative method and the descriptive design as the main methodology towards establishing real facts and describing vividly the processes in achieving the main objective. The observational approach was used in identifying selected materials possible for mixed-media pictorial art where the researcher assessed them based on their characteristics. In conclusion, leather and fabric provide convenient grounds for integration since both materials are fibre based and other materials such as wood, jute, clay, metal, can be integrated when proper investigation is made into their characteristics and properties.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Integrated Rural Art and Industry in the Faculty of Art College of Art and Built Environment, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Intergrated Art (Leather Technology Option.).
Indigenous, Vegetable, Pictorial art