Pins of the Week: Red, White and Pink

One of the things I love most about what I do is that I get to look for, look at and make beautiful images! Here are some that I came across this week. There was definitely a theme emerging – prints, beads and the red, pink and white palette.

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As you know, I ‘collect’ images over on Pinterest. Come and have a look.

Hope you’re having a restful, rejuvenating and creative weekend!

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Earth Day Celebration: Nature as Creative Inspiration

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Nature has always been my number one source of creative inspiration. The diversity abundant in the flora, fauna and landscapes that surround us have been inspiring artists, craftspeople and designers, around the world, for centuries.

In this late Earth Day post (you may have noticed TypePad was down for a few days last week), I wanted to share some photographs I’ve taken – most of them recent, thanks to my new enjoyment of Instagram, and a couple from the archives. 

 

Patterns in nature

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The leaves above were found in my Aunt and Uncle’s garden in Wundanyi, a beautiful town in the Taita Hills. I love stripes in general so these leaves caught my eye. The photo was taken on my phone and I had some fun with VSCOcam to play with colour (the leaves are actually a dull greyish green) and really bring out the pattern.

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Inspired: Lupita, Creative Muse

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Lupita fever has been such a colourful ride and I’m sure has challenged a lot of us to up our style game! I’ve loved her red carpet dresss (that yellow figure-hugging number with the super V-neck is a particular favourite – you know how I love yellow) but, I’ve found studio shoots such as the ones here, much more interesting. The colours, the shapes, the patterns!

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Afri-love on Instagram (and Why I’m Loving the Network)

 

So I bit the bullet and decided to try out this Instagram thing, despite just not getting it for years. It's been a couple of weeks now and I'm really enjoying it! Pinterest will always be my first love – it's such a useful tool for my design work and creative projects but, I've found space in my life for Instagram too. Here's what I like about it:

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Inspired: The ONOMOllywood Photography Project – Hollywood Classics Revisited

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With glamourous Lupita Nyong’o dominating the Hollywood spotlight, I was reminded of the work of Senegalese fine art and fashion photographer, Omar Victor Diop. Specifically, his collaboration with Antoine Tempé – ‘ONOMOllywood’ – where the two revisit several Holllywood classics, giving them an African twist.

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How to: Create a Great Web Presence + Other Top WOW Festival Picks

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It's that time again – the annual Southbank Centre Women of the World Festival takes place this week, in London.

A couple of years ago, I presented on Digital Tapestries and, taking that theme to another level, this year I will be running a workshop entitled 'How to: Create a Great Web Presence'.

Most of us want to spend most of our time honing our craft – doing what we love most. However, for most of us to continue doing this, somebody's got to buy.

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African Inspiration on Pinterest: Celebrating Blackness in Fashion Photography

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I've come across some incredibly beautiful fashion photography where, the model's blackness is emphasised for dramatic effect. Some people feel that the exaggeration is offensive, some people view it as celebratory. If we were to put histories aside for just a few minutes, and purely regard these as pieces of fine aesthetic craftmanship …

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Interview with Fine Art Photographer Paul Sika

Paul Sika is a fine art photographer based in Côte d’Ivoire, whose psychedelic creations have gained attention from around the world. Paul’s work has received glowing press from the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, Forbes Afrique, ARISE Magazine and many more. Furthermore, his self-published book, At the Heart of Me, is an Amazon Bestseller.

Today, Paul shares his journey and inspiration and discusses the “visual linguistics” of our continent.Paul. His story proves again what several other Afri-love interviews have: following a traditional training path (e.g. pursuing a particular course of study in an educational institution) is not always necessary in order to successfully follow your dream. It may be more powerful to interrogate your excuses and perceived barriers and, destroy the illusions you hold.

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Interview with Writer and Editor, Nana Ocran (In Anticipation of Afrofuture at Milan Design Week)

Nana Ocran is a London-based writer and editor who specialises in contemporary African culture. Under her belt is the Time Out Group’s series of guides to Lagos and Abuja (Nana was Editor-in-Chief) along with consulting gigs for established publications on West African culture for the Danish Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Institute of International Visual Arts. Furthermore, Nana was nominated for CNN’s African Journalist of the Year in 2011.

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Inspired: Photography by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou (& Upcoming Exhibitions in Jo’Burg and London)

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