Adele Dejak + Katungulu Mwendwa: Tribe Hotel Fashion Pop Up Shop

Fashion designers Adele Dejak and Katungulu Mwendwa have partnered up for a pop up shop at Nairobi's Tribe Hotel, open until March 14th. I love how both designers draw from African culture and traditions of adornment and dress, in creating their exquisite accessories and clothing. Here are a few of their pieces that I'm digging right now.

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Clothing by Katungulu Mwendwa, shoes and jewellery by Adele Dejak.

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Wanted: Youth Delegation for Africa Utopia at London’s Southbank Centre

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I am thoroughly appreciating my age but, here's one of those moments where I wouldn't mind being 26 and under …

London's Southbank Centre is looking for independent-minded young people, aged 18 – 26 years old, based in the UK or Africa who are interested in the arts, Africa and social change, to form a youth delegation during Africa Utopia in July 2012.

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A Tropical Christmas wishlist

It's been relatively quiet on the blog as I prepare for this Saturday's Tropical Christmas event in London. I'm really looking forward to a day of catching up with friends and collaborators, old and new, in beautiful surroundings. I've had a peep at most of the designs that will be available to purchase on the day and this is my preliminary wishlist …

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Africa- and Diaspora-related events this November

November's already here. A reminder that the year is almost through but, before we get ready to welcome in 2012, there are TONS of exciting events to attend. Here are just a few. They're very London-centric so I'd love to hear about all the interesting things going on in your corner of the globe – please share.

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TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Launch of Afriapps book: African Apps in a Global Marketplace
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You might remember Andrew Mugoya's guest posts about African apps ("5 Reasons why Ghana is the next African app powerhouse", "Learning from the Success of Nollywood"). Today, Andrew launches an ebook on the subject that is free to download for a limited period. Get it while it's hot!

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THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER

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From obsession to collaboration & an upcoming exclusive Adèle Dejak event in London

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It started with my obsession …
I'm obssessed with adornment (as you may have gathered). Not only with the beautiful combinations of shapes, colour and materials that designers dream up but, the whole idea of wearing them – a practice that is centuries-old and truly global. Before modern technology, people gained value from creating necklaces and earrings and headdresses and cuffs and rings. Before status was marked by degrees and job titles and Twitter followings, it was signified by the elaborateness of one's gear.

Today, accessories can make or break your outfit – as fashion writers will tell you – but has their significance been reduced to the merely superficial? I still believe that there is much to learn about a person from their choice of adornment (or lack thereof).

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Fusion Deli, Adorned

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If you were following the preparations I was making to exhibit some work at the Didsbury Arts Festival, above are some pictures of the results! View more over on Flickr. If you're in Manchester some time before the end of this Saturday, pay Fusion Deli a visit to see the work in the flesh. If you're interested in purchasing any prints, bags or aprons, you can do so over on Etsy.

If you missed last week's posts, here they are:

Choice Afri-love picks at the Didsbury Arts Festival

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As well as looking forward to exhibiting at the Didsbury Arts Festival, I'm really looking forward to a good lineup of events. The following ones are inked in my diary:

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Visit to ?Choices!: The 2011 African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival

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The week's art theme continues …

I made it to the AACDD exhibit at the Bargehouse, last week. With African and African-Caribbean artists representing several art and design disciplines (however video and animation were noticeably absent), it's definitely worth a visit. The show is open until the 25th so you still have some time. Visit the Afri-love Facebook page to see more of the pieces that especially caught my eye.

Photos taken on my phone (i.e. they do not do the work justice), with permission of the AACDD. 
Top: A beautiful installation inspired by Ethiopian and Eritrean coffee ceremonies – 'Derdja', by Jonathan Hagos
Mid left: Table by Yinka Ilori
Mid right: Dovetail stool by Taslim Martin
Bottom left: By Berjo Mouanga
Bottom right: (if anyone has the name of the artist, please let me know)