I met Yvonne Nicholson, the Zambian born UK based designer behind Evie Nix, at the African Market at Old Spitalfields in London. It’s her I have to thank for the fabulous kitenge/ankara/wax print corset that I walked away with that day.
Evie Nix offers unique African print corsets, jewellery and accessories, all handmade with love. I asked Yvonne a few questions about what drives and inspires her work. Continue reading “Interview with Accessories Designer, Evie Nix”
Fun with colour, texture and wax print patterns on these shoes and bags from accessories brand, South of Africa, made by Zimbabwe-native, Fikile Dube. Take a look at more designs and buy South of Africa accessories, on Etsy.
Continue reading “Buy African: Shoes and Bags from South of Africa”
I sometimes get frustrated when people automatically associate Africa with animals (there is so much that is interesting and exciting about our continent – our wildlife is simply just one aspect of that). That is not to say that I do not appreciate that we are indeed blessed with amazing fauna. This post is dedicated to animal-inspired crafts found on online marketplace, Etsy. Enjoy.
Cushion by South Africa-based, skinnylaminx
Watering hole print by unitedthread
Letterpress notepaper by PaperInkPress
Zebra print top by paulnkc
Commentary highlights from the year spanning identity, culture, design, technology, entrepreneurship, natural hair and more …
Rise of the Afropolitan
The V&A Afropolitans Friday Late event earlier this year was a major event. The "world's greatest museum of art and design" dedicated an evening to contemporary African and African Diaspora design and culture. Over 5,000 people attended proving that there are a lot of people who either identify with the term or are at least intrigued by it. Record label exec – Yemi Alade-Lawal, journalist, poet and writer – Tolu Ogunlesi, author – Hannah Pool, blogger – Minna Salami and I participated in a great panel discussion that went by way too quickly. Some great questions arose and I took the opportunity to expand on some of my thoughts on the blog: "Is there any use for the term 'Afropolitan'".
Continue reading “The best of 2011: Afri-love commentary”
Hope you've had a great holiday season so far. I thought I'd take these few days before 2012, to put together a recap of some favourite Afri-love posts (yours and mine) from the past year. Today – it's all about design.
Continue reading “The best of 2011: African and Africa-inspired fashion, interior and furniture design”
Since setting up my Etsy shop, I've been spending a lot of time on the global handmade marketplace. Abundant with creativity, it's a great place for inspiration. Recently, I came across Etsy shop, AfricaDirect, specialising in trade beads, jewellery, carvings, masks, textiles and more.
Continue reading “Etsy inspiration from AfricaDirect: African trade beads, art, jewellery and other artifacts”
Happy Monday! In case you need another reason to smile, I will be giving away a M/L women's t-shirt designed by yours truly (and screen printed by hand by Creativity and Noise), as part of the Adorned collection. View the designs and colours on my new Etsy shop, Ubeautiqous.
Visit the Afri-love Facebook page and leave a wall message with your favourite colour from the t-shirt selection. Remember, you can view the available colours on Etsy. Make sure to leave your message before next Monday (10th October).
Be the first to know about new creations and items for sale on Ubeautiqous by joining my art mailing list.
An overdue addition to the Etsy series – finds of all things Afri-love on the online community and marketplace.
Top – Tuareg and Southern Nigerian Matryoshka art prints by AmyPerrotti; second row – magnets from Gypsydancers; third row – cards by Studio Flower Power; second last row – and cut coin pendant by petsalad; bottom row – knitting bag craft apron by KOALACaddie.
I discovered these funky leather cuffs by Lopa Art on Etsy. Lopa Art is a group of 3 moms who fell in love with Ethiopian art and the artisans that create it. A portion of their sales is donated to humanitarian efforts for the people of Ethiopia.