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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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.”
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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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" 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.
I'm looking forward to more episodes!
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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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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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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.