Dress Poems


Dress Poems

For 1000 Patronen, Ntiense Eno Amooquaye was invited by curators ‘Wit.h’ to exhibit hand screen printed works on linen and a printed silk dress. These works created the setting for her performance of a newly published collection of ‘Dress Poems’. Her poem ‘The Model’ addresses the image of the fashion model, ‘Standing on the stage/ She is Juliet/ Reading her own script.’ The second poem ‘Flax like an Ocean’ explores themes from Amooquaye's wide reading about the history of linen and lace production and also the shared history of Europe, in particular the figure of Matilda of Flanders who became Queen of England in 1051.



Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, film still


The Model


Neckline are diamonds

The image of the model is posing

Bending her shoulders like a curtain



The shape of the leaf

Beauty products

The reflection on the woman's body

She sees the sunshine through the window

Standing on the stage

She is Juliet

Reading her own script.









Flax like an Ocean


Matilda of Flanders

1031 to 1083

The Queen of England

Wearing her own robe

It floats back

Brooch is holding flowered gold


Jewels are shaped like


They have colours red ruby,

Sapphire blue


Hands to work on lace


The shape joined



Dress Poems Film


Bobbins are twisting

Pattern nets


When I saw

What happened

The century

Back in the days

Found the boxes of veils and

Robes to wear


Proposals put

On dress and ring

Hem to needle


The pattern is still life

Work as portrait

Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, Performance


Jewel dress

Paradise bird wings


Against the background

And balance wall to wall

Side by side

In the hiding place


Tapestry sew in and out

Silent letters flow like

A river


The light of the shadow

Becoming heavyweight

Drop like lightening as

Strong wave throwing


Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, film still

Empty dress is loose

Cut less moving


To breathe and kiss

And to move up and


To make room

In silent move slowly


Travelling on the body

And hold side by side and forward


With the hair putting hands

Through up and down


Pin to stow and prick

To wear

Spinning wheel thoughts

Having memories

Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, film still


Having a word

Forever with both rings


Union to have a flag

For life and future love


Flax like an ocean

Planted with seed below

The earth is among


Linseed stone lemons

Coloured brazil brown


Silk blue flowers

Tall green stems

Five petals

Reflect the light

Ntiense Eno Amooquaye


The name of the colourful

Bird is paradise

Beautiful one


Earth to compassion

Fallen to catch and make

Palms made of coal


Tonic forest streams

Of love make one word


Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, film still