Camille Walala’s Ndebele-Inspired Prints

Camille Walala Tribalala Wall Print

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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.

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TGIF! with Liquideep

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As I was preparing last Friday's TGIF! post, I realised a really serious ommission on my part – I've never dedicated a post to South African duo, Liquideep! You may know that I am partial to some good soulful house and here's an act that does it mellow and oh so well. I am happy to finally present you with some Liquideep goodness (RSS readers click here).

 

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Great Girls in African Literature that Your Daughter Should Know

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This post was inspired by a one entitled "Great Girls Your Daughter Should Know (Before She Reads Twilight)" by Molly of the blog, Molly Makes Do, recommending strong, relatable female characters. While Molly's list does indeed include some inspiring heroines that I recall from reading lists in my youth, it's missing the diversity that girls from world literature can offer us. My contribution to filling that gap is the following list of great girls and young women, from African literature, that all girls, young and old, should get to know. 

 

In alphabetical order:

  1. Beatrice from Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
  2. Dikeledi from The Collector of Treasures by Bessie Head
  3. Kainene from Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Mhudi from Mhudi by Sol T. Plaatje
  5. Nyasha and Tambu from Nervous Conditions (and Tambu again in The Book of Not) by Tsitsi Dangaremba
  6. Phephelaphi from Butterfly Burning by Yvonne Vera
  7. Sissie from Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
  8. Efuru from Efuru by Flora Nwapa (thanks for sharing Belinda!)

 

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30 Unchained: 30 Creative Women from Across the Diaspora Inspire Live Unchained’s Interactive Anniversary Challenge

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If you've been reading the blog a while, you'll recall me mentioning Live Unchained – an initiative to celebrate women artists across the African Diaspora and represent our collective and individual creativity. As they approach their 4th anniversary, they're calling us to help celebrate with a series of creative challenges dubbed 30 Unchained (#30unchained). 

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Politics and the Power of Design

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While in Nairobi earlier this month, my brother and I were discussing the plethora of campaign posters covering pretty much every available surface in the city. 

This March, for the first time, Kenyans will be voting for 6 different seats – President, Governor, Senator, MP, County Representative and Women's Representative. The presidential candidates are well-known but the feeling I got from most people I spoke to is that, they don't know the people running for some of these other offices, let alone what they are proposing to do for us.

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Incubating Handicraft in Kenya

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Having spent a few weeks at home in Nairobi, Kenya; having seen all the potential and opportunities for handicraft enterprises and; having seen that the opportunities are primarily exploited by foreigners, I can't be happier to share news of Craft Afrika's new business incubation program.

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Theatre: I Stand Corrected [London, UK]

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I Stand Corrected opened yesterday at London's Ovalhouse Theatre.

"An eerie murder mystery where a queer wedding might have been, I Stand Corrected is a supernatural story of two black lesbian lovers from two different continents, trying to touch each other across a mortal divide. A new collaboration between the creator of sell-out Ovalhouse shows Moj of the Antarctic and Muhammad Ali and MeMojisola Adebayo and South African dancer Mamela Nyamza."

Continuing the sex-talk theme I witnessed with Film Africa, this production is a "passionate artistic response to an epidemic of hate rape and murder in South Africa and the virulent anti-gay marriage lobby in Britain."

This first week is almost sold out – book your tickets now and catch the show before it ends on December 8th. Check out the Ovalhouse website for details on post-show discussions as well as post-show parties!

View the trailer below (if reading via email, click here)

  

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The 2012 Film Africa Festival: Let’s Talk About Sex!

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This year's Film Africa festival starts this Thursday and carries on for 10 days of 70 African films, 35 leading filmmakers offering Q&As, free professional workshops, and 9 African music nights. I'm really excited for this rare (and intense given the short timespan) opportunity to see so many African films that I may otherwise never have heard of. Asilia has been working with the festival team once again, to produce the print and digital communications materials so I've been looking at the great selection of films for a while now, trying to shorten my must-see list (hard!). One thing I've noticed is the number of films this year that in some way deal with sex.

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Buy African: The South Is Blooming – an Online “Mixstore” for Cosmopolitans

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

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The South is Blooming shares the creative talent of contemporary makers in southern Africa with the world. The online boutique showcases an eclectic range of craft and design including fashion accessories, books, music, toys and more. 

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