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Now this would be one cool selfie, don’t you think?

This week we have a white tee from Urban Outfitters. Not quite the classic white but definitely a lot of fun.

Designed by the brand Chunk who have an amazing collection of quirky and cool graphic tees. Check them out.


With Christmas only 4 weekends away, people are either thinking about what presents to buy or how to make some quick money, luckily we are holding a Winter Fair which will help arts and crafts lovers in either of these situations.

On the 12th & 13th December from 10:00 – 18:00 at Chesterfield House, Create Space Members and designer/makers alike will come together to show and sell their bespoke gifts and artwork.

It will be a family friendly event with a number of workshops taking place including, but not limited to, ceramics, screen printing, casting and electronics. Need more reason to attend? How about live music performances across both days, home made food (hot and cold, sweet and savoury) and a licensed bar. All of this is available with just £2 adult entry and kids go free.

Alternatively if you would like to run one of our workshops, show off your musical talent or culinary skills, please come forward.

Who can apply for a stall?

We are offering stall spaces to Create Space Members and in addition we invite external stall-holders to offer an eclectic range of art and craft. The cost of a stall for Members is £10 per day and for external stall-holders £25 per day or £40 for the weekend.

How do I apply?

If you wish to make an application for a stall please email handmade@createspacelondon.org with the following information:

Name/Contact number/Address CSL Member/Non Member Days required Saturday/Sunday or both? and state if power required Type of work 3 photos

What is the timeline?

Applicants have until Monday 7th December 2015 to submit their details.

Where will the Fair take place?

The fair will be held on the 5th Floor of Chesterfield House, 9 Park Lane, Wembley, HA9 7RH Space allocated for each stall-holder will be a table size of 1.6 x 0.8 m

This winter season, we’ve gone BIG! Our new wool mix scarves are big and chunky. Perfect for keeping out those chilly winds. You can choose between a Grey, Blue or Green oversized scarf. They are all made with 100% merino wool which is soft and warm.

In addition, each scarf has hints of a different colour woven in, for that added sense of volume and texture. Check out the images below. For example, the grey version has hints of cream and pink. The green has a bit of red and blue and so on.


Big Grey Scarf

Big Grey Scarf

Big green scarf

Big green scarf

Big Blue Scarf

Big blue scarf


Drape it, loop it, wrap it; big scarves can actually be very versatile. You can be creative with how you wear yours.  How WOULD you wear yours? What colour would work well with you winter wardrobe? Let us know!

Check them all out here: Big Scarves

We’ve got a brand new accessory for you this season. The new Ankara snood scarf combines a funky African print fabric on one side and a soft fleece on the other. Who says winter has to be filled with boring block colours. This new scarf will inject the much needed colour into the dreary winter months and the soft fleece will keep you nice and warm at the same time.


You can wear it in many ways; on the fleece side, the fabric side, as one loop, as two loops. Under your coat or jacket or above it. You choose your own style!

Available here: www.urbanknit.com/shop/ankara-snood-scarf

Carousel WHERE: London South bank COUNTRY: United Kingdom WHEN: August, 2015

In terms of dressing for the winter season, I am completely sold on what I call Oversized fashion. I keep coming across gorgeous images of sumptuous knits, large camel coats, blanket scarves and the like. They look so cosy and comfortable and cool!

I think the beauty of this look is in layering. You can add and subtract pieces until you achieve your desired look. The key is in keeping the rest of the elements of your outfit relatively standard in size in order to get a nice contrast to the look. For example, a large scarf and a big cardigan could be combined with a crisp tailored shirt and fitted jeans.

Check out some styling ideas from the cool looks and pieces below.


Stylish and comfortable, what’s not to love about this look?  Are you a fan of Oversized fashion?

Oversized Coat- www.mydubio.com/outfit-denim-denim Oversized Coat by Stella McCartney- www.barneys.com/stella-mccartney-knit-blanket-sweater-coat Oversized Chunky Knit Scarf by Urbanknit- www.urbanknit.com/shop/grey-mix-chunky-knit-scarf/ Oversized Sweater- www.figtny.com/2014/05/outfit-42/ Oversized Sweater by Iris Von Arnim via- www.majawyh.com/canal-street-iris-von-arnim/ Large Check Blanket Scarf by MOLLY & PEARL- www.notonthehighstreet.com/mollyandpearl/product/large-check-blanket-scarf

This week’s Cool Tee Shirt is from OkayPlayer and pays tribute to one of the baddest, coolest, most talented R&B and hiphop music producers of all time, J Dilla aka Jay Dee. Simple.

Check out the T-shirt here: Jay Dee T-Shirt

Check out the music here: Jay Dee Music

We are very pleased to share that Urbanknit has a new stockist.

Mel en Stel is based in Brooklyn, New York owned and run by Ilse Eriksson. You can find a selection of our snap clutches there.

So if you are in that neck of the woods, do check it out:

Mel en Stel 145 Front Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA
Flash Sale

Oct 17

Flash Sale!

We are having a Flash sale! Shop either on our main site: urbanknit.com or in our Urbanknit Etsy store.

Simply use the code OCT15 at checkout and you automatically get a discount of 25% off your entire order.

The sale ends at midnight on Monday the 19th of October.

Have a great weekend and Happy Shopping!

Title Image by Jack Bell Gallery via 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Europe’s leading Contemporary African Art Fair returns to Somerset House for a third year (15 – 18 October 2015) Follows successful New York debut earlier this year Bigger than ever before, the fair will now feature 38 exhibitors to showcase work by more than 150 African artists across the East, West and South Wings An extensive programme of talks with thought-leaders from across the art world hosted by 1:54’s FORUM curated by Koyo Kouoh

Following a successful New York debut earlier this year, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is set to return to London this October (15 – 18) to present its most substantial showcase yet. Taking place once again in the historic setting of Somerset House, the fair takes on an additional third wing this year and will feature 38 exhibitors representing more than 150 contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora.

The fair will present an opportunity to discover and appreciate contemporary African art in mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation with a cross-section of works from across the continent. Highlights of artists (and their galleries) include:

Otobong Nkanga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – an Art Review FutureGreat Sammy Baloji (Axis Gallery) – designing an in-situ installation for the gallery at the fair Ibrahim El Salahi (Vigo Gallery) – one of the leading figures that launched Tate modern’s outlook on African and Arab modernism with his inaugural exhibition “A Visionary Modernist” Athi-Patra Ruga (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc) – winner, 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Performance Art Edson Chagas (APALAZZOGALLERY) – winnner of the Golden Lion with the Angolan Pavillion at the 55th Venice Biennale and soon to exhibit at MoMa. Other highlights of this year’s fair inlcude: Aboudia (Galerie Cecile Fakhoury), Boris Nzebo (Jack Bell Gallery), Gonçalo Mabunda (Jack Bell Gallery), Ibrahim Mahama (APALAZZOGALLERY), Meschac Gaba (In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc), Romuald Hazoumè (October Gallery), Sokari Douglas Camp CBE (October Gallery), Virginia Chihota (Tiwani Contemporary)and many more.

Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director of 1:54 says:

“It’s a great feeling to be announcing our return to London with a collection of galleries and artists of this calibre. The response to having doubled in size last year and debuted in New York has been overwhelming and as a result, some of the most inspiring contemporary artists from Africa will be represented at the fair. 1:54 London 2015 will continue to celebrate the diversity and growing popularity of art from Africa’s 54 countries and we hope that more people will visit and discover the quality of work being produced in the region and by its diaspora.”


Omar Victor Diop Ikhlas Khan, Diaspora series, 2015 Pigment inkjet printing on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper 120 x 80 cm Courtesy of Magnin-A, Paris via 1:54 Contemporary African Art

As well as 32 galleries, 1:54 will feature four special projects and two solo shows including a unique lounge area designed by Hassan Hajjaj’s Morrocan based Larrache Studio. The individual shows include Kapwani Kiwanga’s Flowers for Africa, an exhibition celebrating the independence of the 54 African countries through the reproduction of flower arrangements and a Kinshasa street life photography exhibition by Congolese artist Kiripi Katembo.

Over the past three years, 1:54 has established itself as a leading voice on contemporary African art. 1:54 will host its hugely popular FORUM programme – a three-day critical conversations series comprising of artist talks, panel discussions and film screenings curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Companyand curator of 2016 EVA International,Ireland’s Biennial. With a focus on North Africa this year,discussion topics will include the current trajectories of contemporary African artistic production and practice. The conversations will explore the cultural diversity of artistic traditions that form the rich universe of the African experience.

The fair will be designed by award-winning architectural and design studio RA Projects (Rashid Ali). RA Projects will insert a series of richly coloured sculptural interventions across the East, South, and West Wings of Somerset House.

Online platform Artsy will be producing an extensive digital catalogue of the fair at Artsy.net and on the Artsy iPhone app making it possible to experience the fair around the world.

List of exhibitors

(S)itor, Paris Afronova, Johannesburg Art Twenty One, Lagos APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia ArtLabAfrica, Nairobi ARTCO Gallery, Aachen Axis Gallery, New York CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg Ed Cross Fine Art, London Fondation Donwahi, Abidjan Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris Galerie Maïa Muller, Paris Galerie MAM, Douala GALLERY AOP, Johannesburg Galleri Flach, Stockholm GVCC, Casablanca In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris Jack Bell Gallery, London Johans Borman Fine Art, Cape Town KooVha Gallery, Harare Magnin-A, Paris Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle October Gallery, London Omenka Gallery, Lagos Primo Marella Gallery, Milan Sabrina Amrani Gallery, Madrid Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis Tamar Golan Gallery, Luanda Tiwani Contemporary, London Vigo Gallery, London


BASMOCA (Basma Al Sulaiman Museum of Contemporary Art), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin Hassan Hajjaj, Larrache Studio, Marrakech Qubeka Bead Studio, Cape Town, South Africa

For more information

Website: 1-54.com Twitter: twitter.com/154artfair Facebook: facebook.com/154ContemporaryAfricanArtFair Instagram: instagram.com/154artfair @154artfair | #154artfair