Week in review

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I am fortunate to have spent Christmas with family and friends, eating good home-cooked food and sharing laughter. I hope that all of you who celebrate the holiday had a good one and that all of you who don't and had the opportunity to take a break, had a refreshing day. With just one week until we step into 2011, I find myself putting myself under pressure to properly take stock of the year and plan ahead for the next one. I'm making it a point to keep dragging myself back to the present moment and not stress toooooo much about all the expectations that come with the New Year milestone. We'll see what happens over this coming week though!

Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

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Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the year
  • A round-up on the 9 most popular posts of the year
  • What satisfies you? I want to know…
  • Sudan Independence Day
  • An end of the year TGIF! special

Have a fantastic final week of 2010. Be proud of all you've learned, discovered and achieved and let it inspire the year ahead!

 :)

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Images from top: Lesley of Ododo Originals, Khadambi Asalache's house, AfroCubism artists, Ghadames wall art from Libya and Amani ya Juu quilts

 

Week in review

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I don't know about you but, I'm properly in holiday mode. Something about this time of year is so special – most people are in high spirits and positive vibes abound. This is often true regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not, regardless of whether you're in below minus weather or in the sunny tropics. With the busy lifestyles many of us lead nowadays, it sometimes feels like we need to justify making time to just relax, unwind and reconnect with what and who really matters. This season is the perfect time for this. And hopefully, for discovering that exhaling is vital and can be a more regular part of our lives in the new year. That's what I'll be reflecting on!

Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the week
  • Inspiration from an artist with outstanding diligence whose craft transformed his home, one inch at a time
  • An interview with an entrepreneurial designer who brings spring to every season
  • How the arts are bringing change and unity to a group of women in East Africa
  • Celebrating Libya's independence day
  • TGIF! Mali meets Cuba

Have a fantastic week! Be proud and be inspired.

 :)

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Images from top: Designs by Dimitra Tzanos; Senegalese Fixe crafts from Swahili Imports; A couple of albums from this month's installment of album art; Etsy finds by MusoMasiri (left) and HazelsHouse – see the post for more. 

 

 

Inspired by Swahili Imports

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I recently discovered Swahili Imports via tweeter, Papa Awori. Having built a network of artisans from across Africa, Swahili showcases their work to the wider world. Swahili's partnerships center on fair and sustainable profit generation, artisan advancement and modern, earth-friendly product development.

Above are just a few of pieces that I absolutely fell in love with. 

Getting ready for the Global Africa Project

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The Global Africa Project is a groundbreaking exhibition exploring contemporary African art, design and craft, worldwide. Starting this Wednesday (November 17) at New York's Museum of Art and Design (MAD), over the next 4 months, the work of more than 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and the Carribbean, will be on view. 

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Continue reading “Getting ready for the Global Africa Project”

Things from the house of the people: Ezakwantu tribal art

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I discovered Ezakwantu the other day – a gallery showcasing Central and Southern African Tribal Art. 

From their website I learned that Ezakwantu means things from the house of the people.

"This is what Galerie Ezakwantu offers. Things from the people, created for everyday living, imbued with aesthetic, spiritual, ritual and personal value, in the Southern African way."

I love when 'everyday objects' are viewed as art. It gives them the much-ignored honour they deserve and reminds us to live in the now and appreciate every detail. I am reminded of something I read earlier today in The Artist's Way: about how what we want to do is what we are meant to do. About how the things that come easily to us are not to be discarded as flukes or chance results. Things going well are a sign that we are in alignment with the universe and our higher purpose. 

I would love to get into the mind of the people who created these beautiful works of art, while they were creating them.


Images above from the Ezakwantu website. These are Ashanti combs showing that the Gallery's wide (and amazing – definitely worth checking out) collection stretches beyond Central and Southern Africa.