It will be 2013 in under a week and that means it's time for one of those lists summing up the highlights of the year! The following is a selection of posts that you found most interesting (as per the analytics); posts that I most enjoyed creating; exciting discoveries and; some off-blog but on-topic articles.
Art and Design
- 'African Inspiration on Pinterest' posts (with features on natural hair, product design, accessories and more)
- Architecture and interior design inspiration (including Afritecture,Swahili-inspired interior design at Lamu's Baytil Ajaib and Morocco's Ministero Del Gusto among the most popular)
- The new Buy African series (including fashion and home decor from Sapelle and Beldi's Moroccan handicraft among the most popular posts of the series)
- 30 Ways I'll be Living More Creatively this Year (this post is almost a year old and I need to go through it to see where I succeeded and what I need to work on doing better this year)
- Digital Tapestries (a dispatch from/recreation of my presentation at the fantastic Southbank Centre 2012 Women of the World Festival)
- The 2012 Film Africa Festival: Let's Talk about Sex!
- "Making Room for a More Creative Life" and "How to Survive Working from Home: 5 Tips from an Office Returnee" – on Technorati
- "Portraying Africa: Questions about Identity, Design and Identity Design" – on the Film Africa blog
- "African Identities" – on Wings (Arik Air Inflight Magazine)
- Boddhi Satva (who I discovered is doing a New Year's Eve gig in Mombasa, Kenya on Monday!)
- Vusa Mkhaya (the voice as instrument and the harmony of ubuntu)
- Samuel Yirga (see the story of his album Guzo, in the video above – or for RSS readers here)
What did you enjoy most this year? I'd really love to hear from you.
Stay tuned for a new 'kind' of series next year (cryptic enough?) and for more inspiration, thoughts and ideas to do with pursuing your passions, injecting more creativity into your days and living with more love and balance. Happy New Year!
Images from top: Baytil Ajaib; work by Toyin Odutola; a still from the film, Difficult Love; via istockphoto.com
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