Online store, Soko, sells handcrafted jewellery made by artisans in emerging economies, using natural and upcycled materials. They "fashion a better world" through craft, technology and trade. I'm loving the technological angle – leveraging the fact that online sales overtook retail sales years ago and leveraging how empowering mobile money has been in Africa. An apparent win-win for everybody.
I'm also enjoying the bold geometric nature of the accessories above from Soko's 'Kenyan collection'.
Watch the animation below for the Soko model. I'm looking forward to checking them out at PURE London today.
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"SIGNATURES" is a new video series by Jason Nicco-Annan, dedicated to promoting and encouraging Ghana's local and international creatives.
In the first episode above, animator and illustrator Gyimah Gariba talks about his influences, inspirations and aspirations.
I'm looking forward to more episodes!
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I've known animator, editor, director – and ultimately, artist – Ng'endo Mukii since our high school days, over a decade ago. I'm so proud and inspired, witnessing her achievements and the path that she is paving for other young, female, animators, filmmakers and artists, who are finding interesting ways to tell important stories.
Ng'endo's animation portfolio spans advertising campaigns, music videos, children's animated stories and experimental work. However, it is her short film, Yellow Fever, that has really prompted the world to stand up and take notice of her unique expression. Along with screenings around the world and several nominations, Yellow Fever has won awards at the Kenya International Film Festival, Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards and the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. In the remaining months of 2013 alone, there are screenings lined up in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the US and France.
In this interview Ng'endo talks about how she settled on her current medium of choice; social responsibility as an artist; the importance of having a caring network to provide you with productive critique and; surrendering to (and preparing for) the path that fate has set out for you.
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Today it's time for the ever fresh Malian duo, Amadou & Mariam.
First up is the beautiful video for 'Africa mon Afrique' – animation + collage = what's not to love?! Then, a rockin' collabo with Santigold, 'Dougou Badia' (RSS readers click here to view videos)
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