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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Inspired: Fashion by Eki Orleans

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I had a fantastic weekend thanks to all the intellectual stimulation and creative inspiration from Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre in London, part of the Festival of the World.

I'll be posting more about that, later on this week. Today I wanted to share the beautiful work of fashion house Eki Orleans, fusing vibrant prints with delicate silk. Designed by Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, Eki Orleans was part of the 'Africa on the Catwalk' event which was put together by Ola Shobowale, Creative Director of Infinite Beauty Factory, and ARISE Magazine Fashion Director, Sabrina Henry. 

The month-long series of events is not yet over, check out what's on in these final few days.

Fashion Africa illustrations by Antonia Makes

 

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These illustrations from Fashion Africa by Africa Fashion Guide founder, Jacqueline Shaw, have me wanting to see more! They were made by 'handmade' illustrator', Antonia Parker, who has a passion for creating vibrant fashion illustrations and collages satirising current events, with a keen interest in ethical trading and sustainability.

You can purchase print and electonic versions of the book here.

View more of Antonia's fashion illustration, illustration and photography on her Antonia Makes website or Antonia Makes blog and follow her activities via Twitter

Images courtesy of Antonia Parker. They feature designs by One Mango Tree (top) and Eki Orleans.