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Creative Africa Through the Eyes of an 8 Year Old – 2016 New Art Writing Challenge

Here's a nice Sunday surprise! The youngest participant in the Artblog + The St. Claire's 2016 New Art Writing Challenge Contest – 8 year old Marcy, who wrote about her visit to see Creative Africa. — Artblog Editor

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Fabric by Dutch manufacturer, Vlisco, from Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Creative Africa
By Marcy, age 8

I went to see the Creative Africa exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art a few times over the summer. That is where I met the ArtBlog people! In the exhibit was “Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage.” Dilys E. Blum is the curator and it is located at the Perelman Building. (The Perelman Building is across the street of the main museum and has squirrel sculptures on top!) I give this exhibit 3 out of 3 wishes, which means it made me wish for three things. It is a nice view of designs. The designs with bright, bold colors are like dresses I have never seen before. They are a fierce combination of a lot of different colors and shapes like chicken heads on straight fabric with a stained glass design on the ruffled fabric all on one dress! I wish there were kids’ fashions in the exhibit, too. I also wish that I could see how they are sold in Africa. What do the shops look like? Who gets to wear these clothes? I wish I could! They are interesting fashions and would make the person wearing them look bold and fierce. Three wishes means it made me imagine 3 things and that is why I love to go to museums!

In addition to being a budding art writer, Marcy has also taken art classes at PAFA, the PMA, and The Clay Studio.