Next week I'll be hanging out at London's prestigious V&A museum for the VISIBLE by DESIGN series of events. Part of the London Design Festival, from Monday 17th to Friday 21st September, VISIBLE by DESIGN will be celebrating the creativity of women who practice design around the world and showcasing a fresh perspective on women in design. Through a combination of a creativity lab (The Design Lab in association with Global Color), dialogues (Digital by Design – see below) and talks featuring successful women designers (The Design Salon), VISIBLE by DESIGN will explore innovation and design dialogues across the creative sectors of interior design, textiles and the visual arts.
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 …
I haven't celebrated the festive season at home (Kenya) since the year 2000. Instead, I've gathered with similarly displaced friends and enjoyed eclectic celebrations comprising of the best from all our worlds. Pot-luck Christmas dinners where bread sauce and mac n' cheese sit next to bread fruit and mtori; music spanning from across the tropics and; … dancing, always.
Regardless of the cold and sun-starved winter and despite being far from family, these holidays have been fantastic because I've been in such good company. This year, Afri-love and Asilia, the creative agency I co-own, are hosting a Christmas celebration in this same spirit.
A Tropical Christmas
A celebration of creativity and good company, a Tropical Christmas will be a laidback afternoon to: unload some of the holiday stress; get some last minute Christmas shopping done, away from the hustle and; support quality African and African Diaspora design.
You can expect:
- Fashion accessories by Adèle Dejak
- Clothing by Chichia London
- Hand screen-printed T-shirts by Creativity and Noise
- Contemporary home furnishings by La Petite Congolaise
- Art calendards by Asilia
- Renowned for their inventive cocktails, The Drift Bar has designed a cocktail especially for the day – The Afropolitan!
Don't forget to bring some business cards for the "collaboration board" – share your passion and make exciting connections for 2012!
Date: Saturday 17th December
Time: 12:00 – 8:00pm
Venue: The Drift Bar, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
If you're on Facebook, you can RSVP via the event page. There's no need to RSVP though, just come along.
Looking forward to seeing you!
The final few weeks of the year are jam-packed with reasons to be merry. Here are just a few Africa- and Diaspora-related events in London (UK), Nairobi (Kenya), New York (US), Paris (France and St. John's (Antigua). If you know of any January events that you'd like to share, please contact me by the 23rd of December. Enjoy the last days of 2011!
I missed the Re-Loved Lounge last month: African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora designers transformed a space at the annual 100% Design show into a playful sitting area with upcycled furniture.
Laurence Kanza, aka La Petite Congolaise, was one of those designers and she shared a picture for all of us who couldn't be there – a before and after shot of one of her upcycled dining room chairs.