Recent Art Adventures: Appreciation, Inspiration and Making

One of the things I'm really enjoying at the moment is all the art that I'm discovering, experiencing and making. Here are some photos from recent adventures …

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While in Manchester recently, it wasn’t all about plant photography. I chanced upon graffiti artist Akse (P19 Crew) working on a Mandela portrait.

 

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A few days later, I finally checked out the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition at Somerset House. Created and curated by photographer and filmmaker, Dean Chalkley, and fashion-industry creative director, Harris Elliott, the exhibition “showcases a sartorial subculture through a series of portraits, installations and set pieces” (exhibition site). Beautiful photography and amazing style – inspiration to up my own game!

 

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The exhibition features a few rudegirls too. Here: Zoe Bedeaux.

 

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I was digging the colours, textures and patterns in this corner of the We Are Cuts barbershop/salon installation.

 

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A few days after that, the Asilia UK team went to check out Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, at the Saatchi Gallery. You’d think from this picture that I forced them to go!

 

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I loved the colour, lines and layering in the work of Cameroonian artist, Boris Nzebo.

 

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Kathryn and Lusungu mesmerised by a painting by Ivorian artist, Aboudia.

 

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This is a detail from a piece by Dakar-based artist, Vincent Michea. This and the piece below celebrate African music. Vibrant, simple but striking.

 

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Over in my maker's corner …

A couple of years ago I shared my desire to spend more time creating. Even though I own a creative business, over the past few years, I’ve found that I haven’t been doing as much making as I’d like. You may have caught my post from a couple of months ago – "Beyond Making" – explaining all the other things that are involved in running a creative business. 

I’m happy to declare that, things are changing! Particularly since June. I’ve been getting my hands ‘dirty’ much more and not only has it brought me much creative satisfaction but, opportunities too! I’ve been receiving such a great response to my illustrated portraits, for example. Here are a few snippets of things I’ve worked on recently.

 

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I’ve been designing the upcoming album cover for musician, Namvula. I created a pattern, inspired by some kitenge (wax print) fabric on a dress she owns. The first step was painting the elements that would make up the pattern.

 

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I then played around with them on the computer and the pattern began to take shape. It was a really hectic week for me – moving offices and preparing to travel, while trying to keep on top of the usual demands. For the first time ever, I took to working on the bus, between meetings and errands! I prefer taking the bus to the tube anyway, especially when it’s as hot as it has been lately. Since the bus usually takes longer, I thought I’d capitalise on that time and be productive.

 

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Above, detail of a drawing I made to be used as a background for an illustrated portrait I was working on …

 

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… for marketing whiz, Lizzie Phillips. This is the final product. Another satisfied Illustrate Me customer!

 

And that's all for now. Follow me on Instagram (@lulukitololo) for daily adventures in appreciating, finding inspiration for and making art.

 

What are you working on this week?

 

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RIP to the Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou lived such a full and creative life: poet, dancer, film and television producer, playwright, film director, author and actress. Not to forget the creative acts of educating and changemaking, in her work as a teacher and civil rights activist.

I remember reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings when I was younger and feeling like I'd found a role model who I could relate to. Maya Angelou's spirit of adventure, her prolific creative output and her positive mindset are all things that inspire me and that I aspire to.

 

Above – an illustrated tribute that I made today – to the phenomenal woman. Below – some more of my favourite Maya quotes:

"Nothing will work unless you do." 

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." 

"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." 

 

(Check out more powerful Maya Angelou quotes on policymic.com)
Illustration by Lulu Kitololo

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Inspired: Prints by Jamilla Okubo

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I love the colour, pattern and personality in these prints from Jamilla Okubo’s series, ‘We The People of the Diaspora – Black Culture Exploration’. African-American/Kenyan native Jamilla is an Integrated Fashion Design student and a self-declared painter, textile artist, designer and graphic artist. 

Regarding her prints, her site reads: 

"The prints, fun as they may be, acknowledge a deeper struggle which is rooted in black culture. She acknowledges the history, but similar to an upbeat song about heartbreak decides to shine a different light on the situation by claiming the story back for herself.”

 

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I’m really impressed by Jamilla’s entrepreneurialism. Her prints are on sale online and she’s already received some great press mentions and interviews for her work. In my own experience, the hustling I did before graduation (including spending most of my holidays interning) definitely made a difference when I entered the so-called real world.

Find out more about Jamilla and her diverse work.

 

Images via Jamilla Okubo's website 

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Asilia’s ‘African Flowers’ Collection of Customisable Event and Wedding Stationery

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Last month, I spent a good deal of my time developing the 'African Flowers' collection of customisable event stationery, for Asilia's new online shop. The collection comprises of hand-illustrated save the date cards, thank you cards as well as wedding-specific materials such as wedding invitations, wedding order of service/menu cards and table number cards.

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SIGNATURES – Featuring Ghana’s Creatives: Animator & Illustrator Gyimah Gariba

 

"SIGNATURES" is  a new video series by Jason Nicco-Annan, dedicated to promoting and encouraging Ghana's local and international creatives.

In the first episode above, animator and illustrator Gyimah Gariba talks about his influences, inspirations and aspirations.

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Inspired: Chinua Achebe Book Covers

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Since Chinua Achebe's passing last Thursday, my Facebook feed has been inundated with great quotes from the inspirational writer. There is a particular statement that I love and that resonates so perfectly with philosophy behind this blog:

"Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am, and what I need, is something I have to find out myself.”

Chinua Achebe's literary works inspired great book cover designs and this post showcases some of my favourites. 

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Inspired: Provinces of South Africa Illustrations

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I came across these beautiful illustrations through my colleague Kathryn, at Asilia. Visit the fantastic CreativeRoots blog to see more and also check out Radio, the Cape Town agency that made them.

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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.