In Pictures: the Monochrome Hues of Winter

As the weather turns, I find that my usually vibrant colour palette gets subverted by an inclination towards the monochrome. It’s clearest when it comes to my wardrobe but, I realised it happening with the photos I was taking too! Here are a few …

 

Sandile Zulu African Art

[Above: sculpture by Sandile Zulu, titled ‘Spinal Diagnoses: A Histopathological Case II’. Seen at the 1:54 Art Fair. Top image: Beaded jewellery from Sidai Designs, at the ‘Africa Calling’ pop-up curated by Shake the Dust which, returns soon]

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Pins of the Week: Moroccan Rugs, Pillows and Poufs from One Kings Lane

This week I came across some more home decor beauties for my wishlist – from a wide selection of Moroccan goods over at One Kings Lane.

Moroccan Cactus Silk Rug

Moroccan Kilim Pouf Saffron Fuschia

Moroccan Cactus Silk Rug Red Moroccan Wool Pillow Hand LoomedMoroccan Azilal rug

Images from top: lime green pillow sham; green cactus silk rug; kilim pouf; red silk rug; hand loomed wool pillow; Azilal rug

As you know, I ‘collect’ images over on Pinterest. Come and have a look.

All the best for the week and month ahead!

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Buy African: Who Said Beige Is Boring?

‘Beige’, as an adjective, often has negative connotations – boring, plain, unimaginative. When we think of African design, we often think of the opposite – a creative kaleidoscope of prints and colours. I thought it would be interesting to find some beautiful design pieces for the home, that prove that beige can indeed delight. It’s all about texture!

 

From top, left to right: Set of 3 Ghanaian baskets from Swahili African Modern; Zig Zag Gris mud cloth pillow from Proud Mary; Ecru Fleur a Joure crochet pillow from Proud Mary; Mali bull mask from Weylandts; ceramic crockery by Imiso; Senegalese sewing basket trio from Swahili African Modern; Moroccan leather pouf from Beyond Marrakech; Slat stool by Dokter and Misses; Magnet lounge chair by Vogel Design; Beni Ouarain carpet from Beyond Marrakech.

 

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Buy African: Eva Sonaike Furniture, Home Decor & Fashion Accessories

African Furniture Decor Eva Sonaike

 

As much as I like prints in vibrant colours – I find Eva Sonaike’s latest collection of prints very refreshing. An almost pastel colour palette but far from dainty; these designs pack enough punch and there’s no mistaking the African inspiration behind them!

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Bombolulu: Special Abilities = Special Accessories

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I first heard of Bombolulu when I went to visit my Uncle Duncan who was at the time working as an artisan there. Since 1969, Bombolulu Workshops and Cultural Centre in Mombasa has been working with men and women artisans with special abilities to overcome their physical limitations and empower them economically and socially.

 

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As well as supporting staff in becoming fully integrated members of their communities, the initiative has provided benefits such as a clinic, nursery school, social hall, sports and more. Bombolulu includes housing units for artisans, artisan workshops and a Cultural Centre which comprises of different traditional homesteads of the diverse tribes of Kenya. 

The workshops produce a range of jewelry, textile, wood and leather products. Every year, thousands of different designs are produced and many years of successful exporting have established the workshops as a reliable supplier and the project is a member of the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) and  it is the trading partner of PEOPLink/OpenEntry (USA).

You can visit the Bombolulu workshops and Cultural Centre and the recently launched Bombolulu Boutique in Diani Beach Shopping Centre to buy beautiful and unique products. Several items are available to buy on People Tree online.

Images, from top: bracelet, necklace, earrings, necklace, earrings, bracelet.