In Pictures: the Monochrome Hues of Winter

As the weather turns, I find that my usually vibrant colour palette gets subverted by an inclination towards the monochrome. It’s clearest when it comes to my wardrobe but, I realised it happening with the photos I was taking too! Here are a few …

 

Sandile Zulu African Art

[Above: sculpture by Sandile Zulu, titled ‘Spinal Diagnoses: A Histopathological Case II’. Seen at the 1:54 Art Fair. Top image: Beaded jewellery from Sidai Designs, at the ‘Africa Calling’ pop-up curated by Shake the Dust which, returns soon]

Continue reading “In Pictures: the Monochrome Hues of Winter”

Buy African: Statement Necklaces

Accessories are this girl’s best friend. Drawing them, making them (way back in the day), working with people who design them and of course, wearing them! I love a good pair of dramatic earrings but, when it comes to really making a statement, nothing beats a fabulously bold necklace. These are a few on my wishlist (from top): Pichulik; Nyumbani Design; Mikuti; Pichulik; Dannijo; Christie Brown.

 

Images via the various online shops linked to above.

————————————————————————

Related:

Continue reading “Buy African: Statement Necklaces”

Buy African: Merchants on Long – Africa’s First Concept Store

 

Merchants on Long Interior 2

Merchants on Long Shop Window

 

Exclusively stocking design produced in Africa, Merchants on Long is very high on my list for when I eventually visit Cape Town. It’s really exciting to see how the brand has expanded to now include…

Continue reading “Buy African: Merchants on Long – Africa’s First Concept Store”

Buy African: Online Shop Beldi – Celebrating Moroccan Handicraft

Oftentimes the desire to support African design – and production in general – is there but, the products aren't always very accessible. In this new "Buy African" series, I'll be highlighting various outlets to help you turn your intentions into action. 

1-Beldi-Morocco-Design-Shop-on-Afri-love-Antique-Berber-Pillow

2-Beldi-Morocco-Design-Shop-on-Afri-love-Leather-Saddle-Bags-Spiral-Safi-Plates

Continue reading “Buy African: Online Shop Beldi – Celebrating Moroccan Handicraft”

Buy African: Fashion on Sapellé

Oftentimes the desire to support African design – and production in general – is there but, the products aren't always very accessible. In this new "Buy African" series, I'll be highlighting various outlets to help you turn your intentions into action. 

The question of what constitutes "African" will no doubt come up, as well the contentious issues of fair trading and credit for African-made goods and intellectual property. I look forward to discussing all these complicated questions with you!

———

Buy-African-Fashion-Sapelle-Online-Shop-YouMeWe-Choolips-Afri-love

Launched in June, Sapelle.com offers stylish, contemporary, Afro-inspired womenswear & home decor products that have been made & sourced ethically.

These are a few of my favourite fashion pieces from the site.

Buy-African-Fashion-Sapelle-Online-Shop-Kooroo-Choolips-Tina-Lobondi-YouMeWe-Afri-love

First set, clockwise from top left: YouMeWe halter dress, YouMeWe reversible vest tops and Choolips 'Anvita' sweetheart jacket.

Second set: Kooroo halter top, Choolips 'Carly' wrap dress, Tina Lobondi v-neck and back dress, Kooroo kaftan.

Check these out and more on www.sapelle.com

———

Know of any great outlets, online or otherwise? I would love to hear from you.

———

Related posts:

L-atitude: where fashion meets travel: The Africa representatives

Lemlem-Adele-Dejak-One-Fine-Thread-Merchants-on-Long-L-atitude

I recently discovered online boutique, L-atitude: "where fashion meets travel" – a curated collection of exotic, exclusive and edgy finds from Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the US.

Continue reading “L-atitude: where fashion meets travel: The Africa representatives”

Etsy inspiration from AfricaDirect: African trade beads, art, jewellery and other artifacts

Green Talhakimt Glass trade bead

10 British West African Coins Nigeria African

Since setting up my Etsy shop, I've been spending a lot of time on the global handmade marketplace. Abundant with creativity, it's a great place for inspiration. Recently, I came across Etsy shop, AfricaDirect, specialising in trade beads, jewellery, carvings, masks, textiles and more.

Continue reading “Etsy inspiration from AfricaDirect: African trade beads, art, jewellery and other artifacts”

Happy Mondays with a Ubeautiqous t-shirt giveaway!

Ubeautiqous-t-shirt-giveaway

Happy Monday! In case you need another reason to smile, I will be giving away a M/L women's t-shirt designed by yours truly (and screen printed by hand by Creativity and Noise), as part of the Adorned collection. View the designs and colours on my new Etsy shop, Ubeautiqous

To enter
Visit the Afri-love Facebook page and leave a wall message with your favourite colour from the t-shirt selection. Remember, you can view the available colours on Etsy. Make sure to leave your message before next Monday (10th October).

Be the first to know about new creations and items for sale on Ubeautiqous by joining my art mailing list.

Afri-love on Etsy – wax print edition

Etsy-wax-print

Last month, I posted an Etsy* showcase of things Afri-fabulous and red. This month, I’ve scoured the international online community and marketplace for all things wax print. Here’s just a small selection showing the versatility of the fabric.

From top: Dress by LesEnfantsSauvages; hair accessory by TatusWelle (left) and by SeiwaAkoto (right); handbag by GirlFauxPas; earrings by BowbiLadawa; children’s dress by LilCrumbsnatchers; retro-style apron by SuperSmallFry; yoga mat bag by LuluNyeusi

———————————————————————————

*Etsy aims to create an alternative economy by enabling people to make a living from making things (and doing what they love!), through facilitating direct access between buyers and sellers.

Afri-love on Etsy – Seeing Red

Afri-love-on-Etsy-seeing-Red

For those who aren't familiar with Etsy, it's an international online community and marketplace that promotes all things handmade. With the aim of creating an alternative economy, Etsy enables people to make a living from making things (and doing what they love!) and allows direct access between buyers and sellers.

Here is the first of a series of posts, featuring items found on Etsy's vast directory, that celebrate Africa in some way. Today's theme is red!

From top: Pretoria Portland Cement laptop bag by thewren. Silver Fulani earrings by MusoMasiri. Zulu red bead necklace by HazelsHouse. Reversible snood by Rajulparis. Vintage beaded collar by jerushad. Belt buckle by MnMTreasures.