Labour/May Day Special: Posts for those who’ll be resting and posts for those who’ll be building

Work Life Balance

For many of you around the world, today – labour day or May Day – is a holiday. Free time for you to spend relaxing, with yourself or with family and friends, and for some of you, extra time to spend working on building that idea you've been nurturing and perhaps even executing. 

Whether you're taking a break from your labour or indeed hustling to transform its shape, here's some inspiration for you via popular posts from the Afri-love archives.

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Ways to Use Pinterest as a Creative Tool

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Pinterest is much more than just a place to salivate over pretty pictures. My obsession with beautiful things aside, what keeps me going back to use the social media platform, again and again, has to do with its function as a creative tool. 'Tool' you ask? Indeed! You may actually be able to justify adding Pinterest to your timesheet. Here are some ideas of how you can use the platform towards more productive ends (not that the act of seeking inspiration can't be productive – context is everything).

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Interview with Writer and Editor, Nana Ocran (In Anticipation of Afrofuture at Milan Design Week)

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Nana Ocran is a London-based writer and editor who specialises in contemporary African culture. Under her belt is the Time Out Group's series of guides to Lagos and Abuja (Nana was Editor-in-Chief) along with consulting gigs for established publications on West African culture for the Danish Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Institute of International Visual Arts. Furthermore, Nana was nominated for CNN's African Journalist of the Year in 2011. 

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Getting Down to Business at the 2013 Women of the World Festival (WOW 2013)


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Great things happen when women come together

In a little over a week, the 2013 Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre begins. Last year was my first experience of WOW and I listened to a myriad stimulating talksI spoke and shared ideas, learned that I'm funny and embraced my reticent inner fashionista! I'm incredibly excited about doing it all again and this year's line-up of events is even more enticing than before.

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30 Unchained: 30 Creative Women from Across the Diaspora Inspire Live Unchained’s Interactive Anniversary Challenge

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If you've been reading the blog a while, you'll recall me mentioning Live Unchained – an initiative to celebrate women artists across the African Diaspora and represent our collective and individual creativity. As they approach their 4th anniversary, they're calling us to help celebrate with a series of creative challenges dubbed 30 Unchained (#30unchained). 

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Incubating Handicraft in Kenya

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Having spent a few weeks at home in Nairobi, Kenya; having seen all the potential and opportunities for handicraft enterprises and; having seen that the opportunities are primarily exploited by foreigners, I can't be happier to share news of Craft Afrika's new business incubation program.

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The Best of 2012: Art, Design, Interviews, Commentary & Music

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.


Baytail Ajaib Lamu Interior Design

Art and Design

Interview with Artist Toyin Odutola

Interviews

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Creativity: on manifestations, why we create and what conditions are most conducive for sparking ideas

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Digital by Design explored this question in the first of a series of sessions for Visible by Design. With participants with us in the Victoria & Albert Museum's Sackler Centre as well as people joining us virtually from as far away as Nairobi, we had a range of professions/disciplines covered – from medical science to structural engineering (oh, and design thrown in the mix too!).

There was a lot of discussion about observation, stimulation and capturing inspiration in order to facilitate and develop ideas but, I found the following 3 lines of enquiry particularly interesting:

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VISIBLE by DESIGN at London’s V&A Museum: Join Me for Next Week’s Creative Adventure

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Next week I'll be hanging out at London's prestigious V&A museum for the VISIBLE by DESIGN series of events. Part of the London Design Festival, from Monday 17th to Friday 21st September, VISIBLE by DESIGN will be celebrating the creativity of women who practice design around the world and showcasing a fresh perspective on women in design. Through a combination of a creativity lab (The Design Lab in association with Global Color), dialogues (Digital by Design – see below) and talks featuring successful women designers (The Design Salon), VISIBLE by DESIGN will explore innovation and design dialogues across the creative sectors of interior design, textiles and the visual arts.

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Dispatches from Africa Utopia: It’s Complicated

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"Africa is all too often written off as an intractable "problem" for the world to solve. I hope this festival will reveal just some of what Africa has to offer the rest of the world: the energy of our youth and their desire to engage with the world; the transformative potential of culture and, perhaps most potently, the power of community to bind people together."

 – Africa Utopia Co-curator, Baaba Maal

Indeed the festival's main question was, in what ways can the continent lead the way in thinking about culture, community, sustainability and ethical wealth creation? In short, what can the rest of the world learn from Africa?

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