Let’s talk creative product business problems. The latter months of the year are prime time for making really good product sales but, with that comes the pressure to produce!
Creativity is not my problem. I’ve learned that they’re a host of other factors that come into play, when you have a product business. Things that I wish I knew about earlier on. I’m going to share some of them with you in this post.
Continue reading “Lessons from starting a creative product business”
Have you ever thought about what you want to be known for?
In this debut episode, I share some important questions that I feel are the foundation of any branding exercise. Questions to help you figure out what you want to be known for.
Continue reading “What do you want to be known for? Debut episode of Soulful Branding Live with Lulu”
In the past year or so, I’ve had the opportunity to do graphic recording at some really interesting events.
I came across the concept several years back, when my friend and former graphic design colleague, started doing this kind of work. This was back in the UK where the practice is a bit more established than it is here in Kenya and Africa. Continue reading “Graphic recording/graphic facilitation: why your event needs it”
I often suffer bouts of imposter syndrome.
I find it difficult to celebrate my wins when they don’t live up to my expectations of where I should be. Rather than look at what is good, I find myself focusing on what I’m struggling with.
I’m guilty of the very things I’m always encouraging people to transcend.
I’m a fraud!
Continue reading “Imposter syndrome part I: Everyday Wonderwomen + being your own vibe”
9 years ago tomorrow, I published my first post on a new blog I named Afri-love. I had thoughts and theories I wanted to explore; discoveries I wanted to share; inspiration I wanted to pass on; and community I wanted to find.
I didn’t know it at the time but, my humble blog was about to be the most powerful vehicle for me to find my voice, to realise my purpose and to build some incredible relationships along the way.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I love creating lists of 9. Therefore, it’s thus fitting to share one with you, celebrating this 9th anniversary of what has become so much more than just a blog! Continue reading “9 years of Afri-love + so much more than a blog”
The beginnings of a creative professional
My earliest memory of intentionally making art is from around the age of 5 or 6. I can picture it so clearly: a family friend, Auntie Bridgitte, sitting with me at our dining table, showing me how to make interesting shapes by overlapping letters and numbers and colouring the spaces in between. I loved it! And continued to make up all kinds of creative challenges for myself until …
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The first ever Afri-love Fest was held in Nairobi on Sunday 18th November, 2018.
I am still overwhelmed – in the most joyful way ever – by the turnout of almost 700 people who came and contributed to the magic of the day!
[Photos by Imeldah Kondo]
The roots of Afri-love Fest
I’d dreamed about putting on an event like this for years. Ever since I started this blog, in 2010, I wanted to create real-life spaces to share its discussions, questions, discoveries, experiments and ideas. Continue reading “Afri-love Fest: reporting back from the first edition”
I recently received an unexpected invitation: to share the concept of soulful branding at a Kenya Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife conference! The title of my panel: “From mundane to magical.”
The first African Safari Summit brought together different stakeholders from the sector,to reimagine the African Safari. Players included government, hotel and lodge owners, tour operators and more. The ultimate goal? Over 4 million annual foreign tourist arrivals; over KES 1.14 trillion earned from tourism in 2030; and jobs provided for 3 million Kenyans.
I thought to myself – how progressive of the organisers to consider the power of soulful branding in this context!
To give you an example of how soulful branding can be applied in real life, I’m sharing what I prepared.
Continue reading “From mundane to magical with soulful branding”
I often get asked how I do it all.
I work with clients on branding, illustration and mural commissions. I produce a line of stationery and lifestyle products, featuring my illustrations. I run an online branding course. I run a festival. I co-run a networking club for female founders. I regularly publish blog posts, I send weekly emails to my list and I try to post daily 2 of my Instagram accounts. I’m raising a toddler and I’m trying to have a life again. Productivity is essential! Continue reading “4 strategies for more productivity (and joy)”
Happy International Women’s Day!
I’ve created a new series of illustrated portraits for the occasion, inspired by vintage photographs of women around the world.
The women featured include:
Continue reading “International Women’s Day portraits and colouring sheets”