Announcing the African Art Design Challenge Winners

JAN 11, 2018

African Art Cloth by thewellingtonboot

In February 2018, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee is bringing the Fowler Museum’s exhibition African-Print Fashion Now! to the South. Visitors will be introduced to the dynamic traditions of African dress featuring colorful, boldly patterned printed cloth through an inspiring and mesmerizing traveling exhibition. To celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition, we’ve partnered with the Brooks for this week’s African Art design challenge. For this special challenge, our community voted in the top 25 designs while the grand prize winner was chosen by the Brooks Museum themselves. Congratulations to grand prize winner thewellingtonbootwho will be receiving a $200 Spoonflower credit for her design, African Art Cloth and a special feature at the Brooks Museum. We’d also love to recognize second place (svetlana_prikhnenko) and third place (mimipinto) winners who will be receiving $100 and $50 in Spoonflower credit, respectively. Prepare yourselves, the top ten is guaranteed to mesmerize!  

1. 470 votes for African Art Cloth by thewellingtonboot
2. 465 votes for African Print by svetlana_prikhnenko
3. 417 votes for Women of Africa a Tapestry of life by mimipinto
4. 406 votes for Mahiri by ottomanbrim
5. 344 votes for African Beauty design 150 by lacy_and_jojo
6. 317 votes for Asha Floral – Blue Yellow by heatherdutton
7. 314 votes for ESHE charcoal by scrummy
8. 310 votes for African Flora by meliszawang
9. 298 votes for african protea by michaelzindell
10. 297 votes for The Chief’s Daughter by patricia_braune 
11. 294 votes for sunset in africa by charlisha_renata
12. 290 votes for Wild Bunch by monika_suska
13. 286 votes for African Life Unbroken Circle by honoluludesign
14. 283 votes for Turquoise Floral by ceciliamok
15. 282 votes for Adire Eleko Modern by torysevas
16. 278 votes for Cacao Fruits by chawandesign
17. 275 votes for Water for Africa by chicca_besso
18. 272 votes for Yellow African Hero Pattern by flyinglizard
19. 271 votes for Peacock feathers by olgart
20. 269 votes for The strength of women by vo_aka_virginiao
21. 267 votes for African Inspired Pattern by tarynosaurus
22. 266 votes for 2017_MemphisAfricanArt by gigi_and_mae
23. 265 votes for African Moods by dearchickie
24. 263 votes for African circle by tarutuulikki
25. 262 votes for African Indigo Tribal Mud Cloth by marketa_stengl
26. 251 votes for Through the Savanna by laveroniquedesign
27. 248 votes for Down by the river by cjldesigns
28. 248 votes for African Leaf Mandala by fernlesliestudio
29. 245 votes for African Art Inspired Dark by julia_faranchuk
30. 243 votes for Water Ladies by orangefancy
31. 237 votes for Pieces of Africa by gcave
32. 231 votes for Mali Sun and Web Mudcloth by cynla
33. 225 votes for African elephants by kostolom3000
34. 223 votes for African Sunrise by floramoon_designs
35. 223 votes for Wild Thing (Blue & Orange) by sarah_treu
36. 212 votes for African stripes by snarets
37. 210 votes for Aro by spellstone
38. 210 votes for Emany by Su_G by su_g
39. 208 votes for African Azalea by adenaj
40. 206 votes for Afro FlowerBomb II by haus_of_bezalel
41. 201 votes for Niger colors by cassiopee
42. 200 votes for Kuba duba du – Cinder by lily_studio
43. 199 votes for African Sunrise by cathy_ann
44. 196 votes for African Queen by majella_leblanc
45. 193 votes for Maasai Shields by meredith_watson
46. 192 votes for abstract2-01 by suzyspellbound
47. 184 votes for African Print by house_of_seven
48. 183 votes for African Roots by edsel2084
49. 182 votes for Africa by valmo
50. 182 votes for African Art by fabric_rocks
51. 179 votes for Jabulani Blossom by mariafaithgarcia
52. 176 votes for Fiery sun african motif by penguinhouse
53. 176 votes for Flowers of Africa by robyriker
54. 175 votes for West Africa Kuba III by vagabond_folk_art
55. 175 votes for AFRICAN_ by bruxamagica
56. 174 votes for african inspired print – flower – gold and fuschia by charlottewinter
57. 170 votes for African Inspired by theboutiquestudio
58. 169 votes for Coffee-and-Cream by oona2707
59. 169 votes for AFRICAN Masks by colo_alonso
60. 168 votes for Birds in flight by geetanjali
61. 164 votes for African sun design, large scale by amy_g
62. 164 votes for Mudcloth in Indigo by ldpapers
63. 161 votes for Unity by designertre
64. 161 votes for African inspired pattern with orange by natalia_gonzalez
65. 160 votes for spoonflower-edited by tobijulo
66. 157 votes for Mod Africa by artfully_minded
67. 157 votes for Weaver Bird Wax Cloth by jenimp
68. 156 votes for malika12 by potyautas
69. 155 votes for Violet Vibe by j9design
70. 153 votes for Ndebele Village by elliottdesignfactory
71. 153 votes for Beau Mali by pla_art_design
72. 153 votes for African Safari by maredesigns
73. 153 votes for Negative Space Safari Animals by danielle_kinleyryland
74. 151 votes for Colors of Africa by y_me_it’s_me
75. 150 votes for red blue tribal wheels by heikou
76. 150 votes for African Nasturtium Garden (Pantone Island Paradise) by helenpdesigns
77. 147 votes for Block Print Stripe by allierunnion
78. 146 votes for ERose_Submission by erika_rose
79. 145 votes for African Flowers by twix
80. 143 votes for Women of Africa by irishvikingdesigns
81. 141 votes for landscape of Africa by nanamira
82. 140 votes for African by irina_radtke
83. 138 votes for Kalahari Kaleidoscope, African inspired geometric pattern by applebutterpattycake
84. 138 votes for African geometric tiles with brown striped rhombus by ekaterinap
85. 136 votes for african savanna by hanneke_binnen
86. 135 votes for Colors of the Sun by terrikjones
87. 135 votes for Mama Africa by nadiia_nemchenko
88. 135 votes for Inspiration – Africa by owlandchickadee
89. 132 votes for Geo Tribe by lucykatedesign
90. 132 votes for African Beat by colour_angel_by_kv
91. 131 votes for Feather-Collage by piper_&_paige
92. 129 votes for Africa big scale by magic_pencil
93. 129 votes for African Motifs by wrensroost
94. 125 votes for Bold Cloth by susan_polston
95. 124 votes for African block print feathers by gemmacosgrove-ball
96. 123 votes for African Inspired Yellow by dunnspun
97. 121 votes for African Inspired Tropical Suns 2 by eclectic_house
98. 121 votes for Mali Cross Mudcloth in Black, Medium by palifino
99. 120 votes for goodnight flower by farreystudio
100. 120 votes for Kenya’s Changing Landscape by littleknids
101. 120 votes for African Iris by annastanphill
102. 119 votes for african-2 by cynthiahoekstra
103. 118 votes for Mamluk Medallions 1a by muhlenkott
104. 118 votes for Friends at Sunset by inniv8z_oz
105. 117 votes for Don’t Touch My Hair by seesawboomerang
106. 117 votes for African buttons green by overbye
107. 117 votes for Indigo Tones by eto
108. 117 votes for RISE AND SHINE 🙂 by elmira_arts
109. 116 votes for paradise lost by pixiesandlynn
110. 115 votes for African Bead Design Final by charlotte_mcferran
111. 113 votes for African Seed Pods. by slumbermonkey
112. 112 votes for Africa by susanna_nousiainen
113. 112 votes for Wax On Wax Off by abbyhersey
114. 112 votes for Peacock feathers by monokeemono
115. 111 votes for Vibrant tribal by josephine_the_queen_
116. 109 votes for African art gold by leroyj
117. 109 votes for CultureAfrica by edrouga
118. 109 votes for bold african pattern by vintage_style
119. 109 votes for Botswana Baskets on Blue by elramsay
120. 108 votes for Ankara floral heart-01 by rikkandesigns
121. 107 votes for african stripes by analinea
122. 105 votes for Flower of the Calabash on Burlap by stafford
123. 104 votes for Mary Go Round by ampablue
124. 103 votes for Mudcloth Handrawn by pixabo
125. 102 votes for Out of the Shell by annettefrancine
126. 101 votes for african-history of fabrics by wren_leyland
127. 101 votes for Violet mosaic by dariara
128. 100 votes for Dance of the Ages by nettieandliz
129. 99 votes for Tic Toc by joyce_lieberman
130. 99 votes for African Geometric Daisy by ileneavery
131. 98 votes for Rainbow Leaves on black by driessa
132. 98 votes for Jool’s Wax Print Inspired – main by jewelraider
133. 95 votes for African Memphis Art by Salzanos by salzanos
134. 95 votes for African print stripes checks circles by ej_molnar
135. 95 votes for ★ VENUS FLY TRAP in AFRICAN RED ★ Carnivorous plant print, large scale by borderlines
136. 93 votes for African Geometric Dark Colorway by enariyoshi
137. 93 votes for African motifs by tonz-art
138. 93 votes for From Tradition Technology Orange and Turquoise by bloomingwyldeiris
139. 93 votes for Domino 59 Fat Quarter Finalx150 by arielle_masson
140. 92 votes for African Abstract by whyitsme_design
141. 92 votes for Thank You President Obama by enid_a
142. 92 votes for african_flowers by drawing_garden
143. 91 votes for Meerkat Batik by willowbirdstudio
144. 91 votes for African Diamonds Large by rakhee_gupta
145. 90 votes for African Diamond Geometric in Earth Tones by northern_whimsy
146. 90 votes for Ribbon by charcoalram
147. 90 votes for africandream by gaiamarfurt
148. 89 votes for Mandala Doodle by vivaaviva
149. 88 votes for magic square by harmonie_graphic
150. 88 votes for Traveling Africa sewindigo by sewindigo
151. 88 votes for Afrika 2 by carimateo
152. 87 votes for african print competition design 3 by afrodutchkins
153. 87 votes for The Rain in Africa by house_of_heasman
154. 87 votes for Nordic Wax by lina_lissner
155. 87 votes for African Sun Tiger by chappy_and_neko
156. 87 votes for Makaloa_Mat_Star-Compass-taupe-on-blkindigo by melvin_keohohou
157. 86 votes for 078CF9C7-6A9E-4211-9416-A305E038D844 by kinetik_soul_textiles
158. 85 votes for Lion and Dots in Orange by roguerens
159. 84 votes for IMG_1166 by thinknoise
160. 84 votes for African star by abstracthands
161. 82 votes for Under African Skies by gargoylesentry
162. 82 votes for Africanpattern by nicole_gabriel
163. 82 votes for NORACLOTH by norá_nyc_design_studio_
164. 81 votes for Marigolden Days by carlijn_creates
165. 80 votes for Kente building blocks by cleolovescolor
166. 79 votes for Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket by susaninparis
167. 79 votes for African batik venus by lucybaribeau
168. 78 votes for Large Scale Mudcloth by ampersand_designs
169. 78 votes for Just Plain Fun by ginascustomcreations
170. 77 votes for Cameroonian Church Window by tabithas_workshop
171. 77 votes for African motifs by minyanna
172. 76 votes for 07096206 : zigzag rings by sef
173. 76 votes for Reprotea by fookestoque
174. 75 votes for _Flow_ by 1103dpl
175. 75 votes for wax by la_fabriken
176. 74 votes for Metal Star Matrix 3 by cyberfiber
177. 74 votes for Rhino by jadegordon
178. 74 votes for green net by anayawa
179. 74 votes for indebelequeen by teal_feather
180. 71 votes for Batik Beauty – Blood Orange by stephaniecolecreations
181. 71 votes for COLORFUL AFRICAN PRINT RAINBOW BREEZE HEXA SYMBOL by paysmage
182. 70 votes for leafs are dreaming of Africa by variable
183. 69 votes for Elephants by tatjana_melikhova
184. 69 votes for African Art by t_textile_design
185. 69 votes for Toast by Mount Vic and Me by mountvicandme
186. 69 votes for Full blossom by vispateresa
187. 69 votes for African Millefiori Beads by kedoki by kedoki
188. 68 votes for Elephant Silhouettes by linda_baysinger_peck
189. 68 votes for afri-dot03SpoonCont by thistlethorn
190. 68 votes for Diamonds, Gold and Dusty Earth by rhondadesigns
191. 68 votes for habesha by eden_nyc
192. 66 votes for africa_africa-01 by colorpride_studio_by_sandra_hutter
193. 65 votes for Marbled kaleidoscope by painted_poetry
194. 65 votes for Africana by blijmaker
195. 65 votes for Andrika Weave by mahoneybee
196. 64 votes for AfricanStrong2 by soleilnou
197. 62 votes for Blue1 by b__woolf
198. 62 votes for Joyful Checks Stripes and Circles by mongiesama
199. 62 votes for OMMUpurp by alfroglo
200. 61 votes for Exuberance by antonialindseyart
201. 61 votes for African Print Repeat by renatajeanstudios
202. 61 votes for Jua by jjtrends
203. 61 votes for African style design by flutterbi
204. 60 votes for Bonds by tropicalchica
205. 59 votes for 15401173_10153825795072134_4589434331044467770_n by dawnfry
206. 58 votes for SSD_Aftrican print by sally_stetson_design
207. 58 votes for Nigerian Princess by taylynnstudios
208. 56 votes for Subtle Fuck Graffiti by four-letter_fabric
209. 56 votes for african art by bonibon
210. 56 votes for africanstyle by katja_scheube
211. 56 votes for Animals under African´s Sun by ruthjohanna
212. 55 votes for African Maze by garren
213. 55 votes for African Contemporary Pattern by franny711
214. 55 votes for Ghanian Kente by rlongman
215. 54 votes for AmberLynnBenton_BrunosSong by amberlynnbenton
216. 53 votes for mandala yard on yellow by monsteradeliciosamia
217. 53 votes for Beautiful African Woman Batik by libertydesigns
218. 53 votes for mod mudcloth by alexpond
219. 52 votes for African Design flowers and lines by katawampus
220. 52 votes for ORANGE KALIDASCARF by mikimun
221. 52 votes for pattern3 by rupertrussell
222. 52 votes for African Bridal Party by joanmclemore
223. 52 votes for ISABIS-something beautiful by evolution_of_soul
224. 52 votes for African Art by nonagoldmagicart
225. 52 votes for Sunny Horizon by shayna_lonnille
226. 52 votes for Coltan Mineral by johan_lundin
227. 51 votes for Bitak by diseminger
228. 51 votes for African Joy by violetmalu
229. 51 votes for Radial Love by tesoro+perdido
230. 51 votes for kente4miniblue by scifiwritir
231. 51 votes for Modern Kente 2 by alohajean
232. 50 votes for Roaming the Continent – Africa by alvadesigns
233. 50 votes for Ankara by twigsandblossoms
234. 49 votes for peekaboo window by veerapfaffli
235. 49 votes for Midnight Dream by wilderhousedesign
236. 49 votes for Ndebele by ipek
237. 48 votes for Sunny by mur
238. 48 votes for Ishe by chotoyoga
239. 47 votes for Into Africa – Patchwork by kae50
240. 46 votes for PATCHWORK AFRICA by yasminah_combary
241. 46 votes for Shields and Targets by sharongayhart
242. 46 votes for Dust Off Your Wings by rhihare
243. 46 votes for Antelope by maggie_klope
244. 45 votes for Sunshine by rcmzstudio
245. 45 votes for africanex by hannafate
246. 45 votes for wodaabe detail by northspring
247. 45 votes for Pop That Art! by mudzart
248. 44 votes for AFRICAN TWO-B by soobloo
249. 44 votes for bright africa by buddhini
250. 44 votes for African Art by surbhi1592
251. 44 votes for African Heat by boissindesign
252. 43 votes for Geissorhiza – African beauty by toy_joy
253. 42 votes for African Fashion 2 by magnoliaheatherart
254. 42 votes for Medallion pattern by kathleenbruceillustration
255. 42 votes for Digital Block Print by meredith88
256. 42 votes for African cloth by gcatmash
257. 41 votes for afrika by theitsiegypsy
258. 41 votes for Blue Batik by flowie
259. 41 votes for Circle Sketches Tribal by aindreemcg
260. 40 votes for InspiredbyAfrica by copperswandesign
261. 39 votes for Monochrome Malian by the_outfoxed
262. 39 votes for Negelli by miamaria
263. 38 votes for african-wave by nalaxcollection
264. 38 votes for Africa by nymphaeastudio
265. 38 votes for Position of a woman in Zulu by beafrica
266. 38 votes for na lingi yo mingi (I love you so much) by lisahilda
267. 37 votes for QUEEN by farever
268. 37 votes for Rhinos in Africa by palusalu
269. 37 votes for Maya by cedar_creek_studio
270. 37 votes for African Art MBr by veronique7
271. 36 votes for Mixed Print (Black) by kkamini
272. 36 votes for Your phone’s off the hook (but you’re not) by ghouk
273. 35 votes for colorful windy art by designs_by_phyllis_lepore
274. 35 votes for Zebras & Birds of Paradise Flowers by b2b
275. 34 votes for African Mask by vib
276. 34 votes for African Brooms by twilfley
277. 34 votes for Unity by everhigh
278. 34 votes for mudcloth by aluse
279. 33 votes for Jungle Rythmn by misselaineous_artwork
280. 33 votes for African print by lexigurl
281. 32 votes for Sartorial Sapeurs by stitchyrichie
282. 32 votes for African Textile Art by kate’s_kwilt_studio
283. 31 votes for Tribal Palm Leaf by ak-wildenature
284. 30 votes for batik summer link – tropical coast by drapestudio
285. 30 votes for Mighty Warrior by sj_hallart
286. 30 votes for Watching the movie Zulu inspiration by happilyembellished
287. 29 votes for KRLGFabricPattern_79A2cLARGE by karenspix
288. 29 votes for All the world’s a stage by stacy_studios
289. 29 votes for shapequilt by pastella9
290. 29 votes for Nguni Cows n Corn by carmen_ray_anderson
291. 29 votes for AfricanPrint-01 by cathleenbronsky
292. 27 votes for African_Pattern900Blue by ninkybink
293. 27 votes for Sahel-A by brookware
294. 27 votes for Brooks Museum – Spoonflower by erma_gene
295. 26 votes for inspiredbyAfrica by marigoldpink
296. 26 votes for Africa.1 by kat’s_design
297. 25 votes for Neon Africa by makalarose
298. 25 votes for IMG_4443-ed by diegolandia
299. 25 votes for A Celebration of Rhythms by zigzagmlt
300. 23 votes for Triangle Pop by mrsseay
301. 23 votes for swirly vine and seed by anino
302. 22 votes for Bamilike Elephant Society Mask by female_farmer
303. 20 votes for starcolor4 by dalmars222
304. 20 votes for primary attention (pink large) by heartofjules
305. 19 votes for Scan Africa 2-ed by art_by_d
306. 19 votes for Janneke_and_Langley picnic by janneke_and_langley
307. 19 votes for Mother Africa by gracelillydesigns
308. 18 votes for african pattern by art_by_rita
309. 18 votes for African Flowers by desgn_prnt
310. 17 votes for E5DFFB3E-BABF-46AE-B25D-1D75334BC0EF by reed7979
311. 17 votes for The spirits live in the sky by lauren_mccrea
312. 16 votes for Floral Element with background 2 by oleg&katya
313. 16 votes for Kwanzaa Celebration by terina_nicole_design_studio
314. 15 votes for Oshun by elphaba09
315. 14 votes for cell by sonia’s_design
316. 14 votes for Lewis_001 by innokofa_
317. 14 votes for 005 by starbeams
318. 13 votes for Viola’ African Print by bent_line_designs
319. 13 votes for Serenity by el_k
320. 9 votes for greenzigzag by suzy_q_designs_studio
321. 8 votes for horn_solo_det1-ch1 by nerdlypainter
322. 8 votes for BrooksMu by gvd_designs
323. 7 votes for vsco5a3c05ab57856 by julia_luff
324. 6 votes for BAMBARA by akua
325. 5 votes for Ghana Cocoloco Beach by hot_office

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  • No typo this time
    Hi,

    It was really nice to have this challenge about african fabrics, I could not be more thrilled! My only concern is that many of the fabrics that were designed, and they are all beautiful took their inspiration from the Wax prints designed and produced in Holland (except for Vlisco branch in Abidjan), note that these were first sold in Indonesia before it was sold in Africa.
    I love love love wax fabric but to me it is not an african fabric. It has overshadowed a lot of the african fabrics that are still produced in Africa. Here are a few examples : kuba, bogolan, indigo, senoufo fabrics… They should not be forgotten.

    • Thanks so much for your feedback and we’re so glad you enjoyed the theme for this week’s challenge. The entries in this challenge were inspired by the Africa-Print Fashion Now! exhibition and designers also found inspiration through their own research. We appreciate you bringing attention to the beautiful styles that make African textiles so rich in history and tradition.