Rooti Dolls create multicultural dolls that can teach children many words and phrases in various African ethnic languages, including Twi, Ga, Ewe, Krobo, Shona, Ndebele, Bemba, Nyanja, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Afrikaans, Ijaw, Edo, Idoma, Tiv.
UK designer Camille Walala creates tribal pop prints in ludicrous colours. Her prints find homes on textiles, ceramics, furniture and more. I'm digging her Tribalala series of prints and cushions, inspired by Ndebele wall paintings.
Images via Darkroom, where you can purchase Camille's prints and cushions.
- Dispatches from WOW 2012: Digital Tapestries – The tradition of women telling stories and communicating through the arts has gone digital. From 19th century Ndebele women using wall paintings to spread subversive messages to 21st century women around the world using social media!
- Inspired by designer & illustrator Tabitha Bianca Brown
- Fusion Deli, Adorned – an art print project
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I was asked to participate in a WOW Bites session during the Southbank Centre's 2012 Women of the World Festival. Bites are short talks, inspiring ideas, achievements, obsessions, stories, performances, manifestos and more. I thought I'd share the essence of my bite with you.
One of the most satisfying outcomes of spending so much time online is discovering interesting people doing exciting and amazing things. In my time internetting, I have discovered several women, around the world, using the digital space to tell their stories and through this: creating relationships that transcend barriers such as geographical distance and class; building supportive and collaborative networks and communities; and making things happen for themselves, for others and ultimately, for us all.