Hand Painted Floor Cloths

Making floor cloths is a time-intensive labor of love.  I turn flooring vinyl upside down (recycled when I can find it) and paint the felted back with 10-12 coats of acrylic paint and 3 coats of sealer.  My designs are heavily influenced by bark cloth paintings made by Mbuti Pygmies, an indigenous people, who live in the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

For the Mbuti people, the forest is sacred – the source of their existence, their God, parent, and sanctuary.  The Mbuti bark cloth paintings are abstract expressions of the moods and features of the forest, and conceptualize their world.  These paintings are evidence of the Mbuti people’s perception of the forest as the spiritual and symbolic core of their culture. As the trees in the forest are considered sacred, the bark used in the cloth paintings was assumed to have a protective quality.   

For more information,  email me at helene.aarons.art@gmail.com .