Behind the Scenes with I Used To… Draw

Today I wanted to give you a behind the scenes look, from a shoot that Stacy Moore and I recently had a lot of fun with. Stacy is an educational psychologist and the founder of I used to…. We’re working together on a series of art workshops, I used to… draw, the first of which will take place at my studio, this Sunday 26th of July.

 

You don't have to be an artist to join us. In fact, the sessions are especially for those of us who've put aside that younger creative self. Here's a chance for that self to come out and play again!

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Reflections on the Self – Five African Women Photographers

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, and part of the Southbank Centres WOW festival, Reflections of the Self features five contemporary African women photographers whose work deals with women’s narratives, either through self-portraits or portraits of others: Hélène Amouzou (Togo, Belgium); Majida Khattari (Morocco, France); Zanele Muholi (South Africa); Senayt Samuel (Eritrea, UK); Lolo Veleko (South Africa).

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Week in review, experiments with the work week & the image of the black in Western art

Week-in-review

I hope you've all had a fantastic first week of the year!

I always feel like what I make of the first week sets a precedent for the rest of the year. Although I went "back to work" this week, I spent most it reflecting (yes, some more – see our Asilia year in review), planning, writing proposals, preparing contracts and meeting with current and potential collaborators. Generally getting organized and handling business so that I can free up space and time to get down to the good stuff – to actually designing.

One thing that I'm experimenting with, in an effort to create larger chunks of uninterrupted time in which to create, is working on Sundays instead of Fridays. Because other people don't generally work on Sundays, I'm not going to feel like I should be available and ready to respond to emails and calls. With that psychological barrier out of the way, I'll be free to get in my flow, without anticipating any intrusions. Plus, Friday is a great day to have off – the early start to the weekend makes it seem like a long one.

So far, so good.

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On the lookout
I came across this series of books this week, via Essence magazine:

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Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume I: From the Pharaohs to the Fall of the Roman Empire

Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume II: From the Early Christian Era to the ""Age of Discovery"", Part 1: From the Demonic Threat to the Incarnation of Sainthood and
Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume II: From the Early Christian Era to the ""Age of Discovery"", Part 2: Africans in the Christian Ordinance of the World

I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on these. It will be interesting to see the different contexts and different ways in which black people have been represented in art over the centuries. And, I am intrigued as to whether the examples include art created by blacks themselves.

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Afri-love on YouTube
I also set up an Afri-love YouTube channel this week. At the moment, I'm slowly adding videos from the wider YouTube community that I like and think are relevant. Categories so far include art, hair, literature and music. Later in the year, look out for videos created especially for Afri-love – especially for you! Subscribe to the channel to stay up to date.

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Last week on the blog
Here is a quick (and brief) recap, in case you missed anything:

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Thanks as always for taking the time to read and to share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get blog updates as well as extra links, ideas, news and info via facebook (afriloveblog) and twitter (@afrilove).

Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!

Lulu x

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Image above: Zaki Ibrahim

Easy does it

I’ve decided to do easy.

I remember something my Dad always used to insist when somebody was struggling with a machine or a key and so on: it’s been designed to work. His point was that, if we found ourselves exerting too much effort with little success, there was a strong possibility that we weren’t approaching it in the right way. Of course this assumes that indeed the machine, cupboard etc. has been well-designed but, the lesson remains: human endeavour, and the products of it, are based upon making our lives easier. Warmer, cooler, less stressful, more healthy… it all boils down to improvements to the way we run our lives, to the way our bodies run, to the way our societies ‘run’.

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